Despite trending internationally on Facebook and YouTube four days ago, this video took awhile to achieve “trending” status on the Chinese internet. After three days, however, the following copy of the video on Chinese video-sharing website Youku (h/t Ali) has reached over 1.4 million views, making it at least comparable to the 1.6 million views of the copy on YouTube. More importantly, there are now more Chinese netizen comments for us to translate.
Thai Female Model Films Self at Korean Airport Angrily Denouncing Chinese Tourists as Lacking Manners
When Thai model Duangjai Phichitamphon was recently at the Korea’s Jeju Island Airport in line waiting to get a tax refund, she was pushed and bumped into by a large group of mainland tourists. She then filmed a video as a witness, criticizing mainland tourists as lacking manners.
Comments from Sina Weibo:
If I were a foreigner, I’d also dislike China.
Is this shameful? There’s nothing really shameful about it. From the moment of birth, our countrymen have had to fight [scramble, contest, compete], in order to get milk powder [infant formula], and only by fighting can we get into good kindergartens, all the way up to university, from work to getting medical treatment, and even to the crematorium. In China, where can you avoid having to fight [for scarce resources]? Where can you avoid having to have special privileges [power] in order to get preferential treatment? In this world where living is the first rule of survival [looking out for oneself?], order is nothing but a fart [meaningless].
The many people I see cutting in line or scrambling for spots when I go abroad turn out to mostly be Taiwanese or Korean, but the locals can’t distinguish and simply see them as Chinese. Especially when Taiwanese people do bad things and are called out for it, they all say they are Chinese, when normally they say they are Taiwanese…
Our countrymen go out and make a scene, are filmed and despised. Even though I’m embarrassed, what she said is indeed true.
I will testify to this. What more, in Thailand, it is always Chinese people who have the least safety consciousness or punctuality, at airports without any order or lining up and not watching their own children climbing/crawling everywhere, disconnecting the retractable belt barriers. “Everyday I examine myself on three counts”, I hope us Chinese people can stop embarrassing ourselves.
I think it would be good for CCTV to broadcast these videos. Actually, most of them are those of relatively old age. The generation above the rich, the elderly who had a son who has made it rich or a daughter who has married into a wealthy family. When they were young, they didn’t have access to education, or the means to get one, and some even were part of the Cultural Revolution era. So once they get old, they naturally would behave in embarrassing ways, but they don’t feel embarrassed. Instead, they think they’re old now, these things are no big deal, and are natural/should be taken for granted.
To be honest, young people these days are all capable of lining up orderly, it’s just those middle-aged uncles and aunties who think cutting in line or whatever is very normal. What more, I often encounter parents with their children out, where the child isn’t willing to cut in line, thinking it is shameful, but the parents saying they are foolish and telling them to follow their lead. Stupid. I really want to know, was what our parents told us before about being civilized and manner merely just talk?
Every time I take the plane, I’m always wonder why everyone is scrambling [for seats]. Are they afraid of not having seats? It’s not like this is the green train [older trains in China with no assigned seating]. Are they afraid of not having a place to put their luggage? The flight attendants will help you. Once, because of this, I said to someone who had cut in line: Relax, if I can’t get on, the plane isn’t leaving either.
Which is why in the Heavenly Kingdom, the probability of getting rich is higher for people without character, while someone as kind-hearted and moderate like me has never even been to Hong Kong!
I’m already no longer shocked… There’s a good saying: It’s not because you are Chinese that they despise you, it is because of you that people despise Chinese people.
I laughed when I saw someone say Chinese tourists have brought economic prosperity to [the countries they visit]. Before you went, were they poor? Money in these people’s eyes is an amulet that allows them to do whatever they please, but other countries are not China, where simply having money means you can be arrogant. People who have money but don’t have manners or self-respect are the target of ridicule wherever they go, except China. What’s strange is that, even so, these people’s egos are excessively strong, where the moment they are criticized, they say they have money, or say that those are Korean or Japanese people.
I’m Chinese but some of our countrymen’s characters really cannot be flattered. Domestically, you can be as arbitrary as you want, but don’t go to other people’s territory and embarrass Chinese people! At least first learn some Japanese!
Translated by a Hong Konger. They call mainlanders “People of the Powerful Country”, a pejorative.
I’ve personally experienced this, while in line going through immigration/customs in Singapore, where it was repeatedly said to keep quiet but a group of people still make a bunch of noise eating seeds and loudly talking. The tour guide was completely embarrassed, while I kept my head down unable to lift my chin in shame.
When I was going through [airport] immigration in Thailand, the worker was extremely slow, and their staff would allow Europeans and Americans to cut in line [going first], seeing a lot of Europeans and Americans doing so, while it was the Chinese people who lined up. There are two sides to everything.
We were wrong, sorry! (Too fucking shameful)
Thank the lousy policies of the Heavenly Kingdom for causing this. In addition to there being too many people and few resources, the amount of education isn’t high, everything was limited… fostering in our people the thinking to act first to gain the upper hand [that one has to scramble to get something or miss out].
Allow me to apologize, because the uneducated [in manners, civic-consciousness] people in our country far outnumber the educated.
Sigh, I was at Thailand’s White temple, and a young guy in my tour group who was usually very cocky littered his cigarette butt on the ground, only to have a groundskeeper blow a whistle and immediately use Chinese ordering him to “pick it up”, leaving me on the side feeling extremely embarrassed~
I really don’t understand what’s so important to rush the check-in counter for. Domestically, the train station is like this too. The moment the gates are opened, everyone squeezes forward like crazy. It’s not like a plane or high-speed rail is the public bus [where there is no assigned seating]…
Comments from Youku:
Truly fucking embarrassing. Can people watch themselves when going out/abroad?!
Indeed, although she’s a bit crude in what she says, it is the true.
…nothing can be said. Sigh.
I personally think my own character isn’t very high, but I am trying hard to correct myself and improve my character. Before doing anything, one should consider whether what they do respects other people!
Came to read the comments.
Thai people have no right to speak.
Very funny, but very embarrassing.
Most of the people who have money and often go abroad aren’t very civilized, all a bunch of nouveau riche.
It must be said, as long as one person goes to cut in line, everyone else will go cut in line, and then… there is no then.
This girl is so cute.
BacKinback00553266: (responding to above)
You sure this is a girl?
We of course admit our shortcomings/faults, but for her to do this shows that her own character isn’t much to speak of. Many things are related to one’s background, and she talks as if she’s so well-mannered.
You can’t “beat to death a boat of people with a single bamboo pole” [“can’t paint everyone with the same brush”]. It’s not all Chinese people who don’t have character or manners! You don’t see so many Chinese tourists quietly lining up wherever they are? Do you not understand being anxious to return home? If there’s a lot of people, you don’t know to let them pass? What are you doing standing there? And you [just stand there] recording, recording, recording, and you have the gall to say others don’t have manners? Hehe, ridiculous…
Is this a real woman or a “fake woman”?
She’s so pretty, but why does Thai sound so unpleasant?
Compared to the character of Japanese tourists, it really is one being in the sky and one being underground. There are also foreigners who film videos about Japanese people, but what they say is instead how unbelievably good the characters of Japanese people are, how the ground is so clean, etc.
nice aoe 啊
Basically all middle-aged people.
Loudly making a racket is also uncivilized behavior~~
Sounds like Shanghainese aunties.
What she said wasn’t wrong, nor did she blame these people wrongly, as the truth is indeed like this. I hope our countrymen can realize this with a clear-head, and regard this matter calmly and objectively, engage in introspection, change things starting with ourselves, and observe public order. This would be the best response.
When we are wrong, we should admit it. I hope we will all improve.
Thai is even more unpleasant on the ears than Vietnamese, fuck!
I think it is because they normally do not mind their manners that they don’t mind their manners when they go abroad! It’s habit, habit. Just having education and talk about this doesn’t mean it can be changed. Most people know they should be manners, should have character, but they just don’t abide by it. It is only when their uncivilized behavior is immediately criticized by everyone and out of embarrassment that they will change their habits.
These days, those who go abroad for tourism are mostly nouveau riche. Don’t talk to them about character. Their dictionaries don’t have this term.
Sigh, I often see this kind of phenomenon. In small towns at those banks that don’t use numbers, everyone was lining up nicely, but then some old uncle or auntie completely ignores everyone in line and rushes up to the counter presenting their bank card or deposit book… Honestly, could you as the bank teller just throw it back at them and tell them to get in line? If you reject them just once, maybe they’ll know to line up in the future.
It’s just some, it doesn’t mean everyone is like this. This woman’s crassly making fun [of Chinese people] already reveals that she also has low/poor character.
What she said is also right. If you want others to respect you, you have to first learn to respect others. Our character, to be honest, really is worse than others. The attitude of Chinese people these days is, I have money, so I’ll be headstrong, at the same time expecting others to respect you. Do you think others can respect you when you have this kind of character? So when you’re wrong, others can’t say so? Our countrymen should reflect on themselves!!!
In China, when you go to work, do you not squeeze [compete with others to get] onto public buses? Don’t squeeze into subways? If you don’t, then you have to wait for the next one, and you risk being late. If you drive your own car, then you don’t need to squeeze, but under such a situation, you’d be a comparatively well-off person. This is actually just human nature. When you need something, you will worry about getting it, but when you are well-off, you will no longer be so panicky about not getting it. If people live in a society where they don’t need to compete to get on the public bus and clearly know what they need will is not at risk of being taken by another, then they will not be so panicky. I have confidence that if the quality of life for Chinese people can be improved, things like cutting in line and such will gradually be solved.
神仙姐姐yuki (responding to above)
It must be said, actually, there are many places where there are many people waiting for public transportation or the subway but there is still order. This is basic public etiquette and ethics.