Chinese Parents Have Child Poop on Airplane Seat, Reactions

Airplane cabin aisle with seatbacks.

Airplane cabin aisle with seatbacks.

The following article was among the most-discussed articles on Chinese web portal NetEase at time of translation yesterday evening…

From NetEase:

Ethnic Chinese Elders Have Child Defecate In Airplane Seat

July 23 report — According to information from the World Journal in the United States, a Mr. Wang from Rowland Heights said that while he was on a recent Delta flight from Beijing to Detroit, there was a little boy who needed to defecate, and his accompanying grandparents and parents unbelievably laid out newspaper on the seat to have the child “relieve” himself on the spot under the stares of everyone else. Nearby passengers urged the elders to take the child to the restroom, but the child’s grandfather insisted on letting the child defecate on the newspaper placed on the seat. Then a stewardess came over to speak to them but the elders were unmoved, leaving the flight attendant no choice but to drop the subject. As a result of the child defecating in public with lots of people around, the odor polluted the entire cabin, and there were complaints from all the other passengers. Mr. Wang says the actions of the child’s elders deeply embarrassed all ethnic Chinese people.

Photos of a Chinese child defecating (pooping) in the aisle of an airplane midflight.
Note: This image was included in the NetEase article but depict an older incident of a child who defecated in the aisle of a plane, and is thus not related to the incident described in this article.

A Ms. Zhang from Rosemead recently went to Los Angeles International Airport to send off her mother, and there were many ethnic Chinese people gathered at the terminal. Ms. Zhang says she and her mother were the first waiting at an elevator in the terminal, with a young ethnic Indian behind them pushing a wheelchair with an elderly woman in it. However, two men speaking Chinese, one young and one older, suddenly dashed forward and without any apprehension stood in front of Ms. Zhang, without any sense of what they had done being wrong.

The two squeezed ahead while saying, “come here quick, otherwise there won’t be any space left”. When the elevator door opened, the two immediately entered. Even though the elevator was going down, the two refused to get out in order to save their spots. Later, when elevator again opened its doors [returned, now going up], the woman in the wheelchair could not get on, but these two did not look the least bit ashamed, continuing to ride the elevator up. The elderly person and the young person pushing her looked at each other, completely in disbelief. Ms. Zhang was also extremely embarrassed, expressing that these two people have made ethnic Chinese people lose so much face.

Mr. Zhang of San Gabriel also shared that when cars temporarily stop in front of the terminal to drop off passengers, they all park on the shoulder. However, one SUV instead parked on the crosswalk right in front of the terminal entrance, blocking those crossing the street. As several Asian-looking people got out of the car, an airport employee asked the car owner to drive away, but the car owner and the people in his car intentionally pretended they couldn’t understand [English], continuing to unload the car and luggage. Only when the employee angrily threatened to call the police did the car owner suddenly understand and comply with moving the car from where it was parked. Mr. Zhang expressed that this act made him as a fellow Asian feel very embarrassed, at the time wishing the police were nearby to give this person a ticket fining several hundred dollars so he would learn a lesson.

Comments from NetEase:

無123 [网易浙江省杭州市手机网友]:

It is really depressing having compatriots like this…

jane364 [网易江苏省盐城市手机网友]:

Ethnic Chinese can change nationality and still be like that/this… [still have the same bad habits/behavior]

网易四川省成都市手机网友 ip:60.255.*.*


网易山西省临汾市手机网友 ip:110.182.*.*

Embarrassing [all Chinese people] even abroad!

让群众嫉妒哥的风骚 [网易广东省佛山市顺德区手机网友]:

Sigh… [poor] character.

网易福建省手机网友 ip:27.149.*.*

Why label it “ethnic Chinese”? She as a single ethnic Chinese doesn’t represent all ethnic Chinese.

奔跑旳犀牛 [网易广东省手机网友]:

32 upvotes! Niubi even abroad. [“32 upvotes” is a Chinese internet meme with origins in Voice of China judge Yang Kun‘s “32 concerts”]

网易贵州省黔东南州手机网友 ip:119.1.*.*

The man has money to fly. [Probably alluding to some people thinking they can do whatever they want just because they have money.]

我的态度都被删了 [网易内蒙古呼和浩特市手机网友]:

Simple unbelievable!

特色社会主义好 [网易北京市手机网友]:

Pa pa pa [a sound, possibly alluding to gun shots or slaps, suggesting these people should be shot or slapped]


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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