Last Sunday, I went to buy some Sushi in the Biyun International District. Near Carrefour, I witnessed the fight between a foreigner (actually his Chinese driver) and a local safeguard. When police (110) came to bring everyone involved away, I am still in deep thinking about what is going on in this society.
I didn’t see the first part of the story. When I see it, I just found the safeguard used the plastic sign board to hit the rear of a black Passat, and the driver and a tall foreigner (should be American from what he said later) immediately rushed out and the driver start to beat the safeguard, and very quickly they formed a position that no one could move. Many people came and wanted to break them apart.
The foreigner was very upset, and used the top of his voice to shout to the safeguard. Obviously he didn’t know Chinese and this is something he said:
“Keep your F*** hands out of my driver.”
“You hit my car. I will call police. You need to go to jail!”
“You are over. Bye bye”
“I took your photo. You cannot run away. You are done!”.
Something like that, and I could not hear it clearly.
Very quickly, the crowd gathered and this was their comments:
“Get out of China, foreigners!”
“This is not 1930s. You go away.”
To the driver: “Why you a Chinese work for Americans like a dog? You betrayed your country”.
To the driver: “There are enough people like you before liberation. You are not a Chinese.”
“Now China cannot beat American. That is the reason they dare to beat our people here.”
Most of the people are nearby flower sellers, and other people who sell goods on their cart.
I am confused. In this case, for the crowd (which I would say is a very good example of the current majority in this society), it does not matter who is right or wrong, the only thing matters is who stands on the Chinese side, and who is not. I admit I completely have no information to judge who is right and who is wrong, since I didn’t see the beginning of the story, but the strange thing (very common in current society) is, no one really care about the reasoning process. There is a power (anti-foreigner) hidden in the society that can be easily triggered at any time there is a conflict between Chinese and foreigners, or between China and other country.
I’d like to make it fair for everyone. For people who are foreigners and reading this blog, I want to explain the reason why there are such a strong power hidden there. The current education about history is, foreigners invaded China and pull the country into half a century of poverty and humility disaster. People feel very proud of the current strong country that history may not repeat itself.
If you ask me, as an independent thinking (I hope so), I think the current nationalism education is dangerous. If someone can fight for something just because of hate of another country, or they were told this is a conflict between his/her country and another country, that can be very dangerous. That is the case in Japan and Germany in WWII.
I was very surprised to realize how deep this kind of hate is and how deep the scare in people’s heart. That is the reason I feel very puzzled. I am not sure what is the right way to handle it, and the right way to think about it.
My readers, what is your comments? Do you want to share with us the similar stories you experienced and the results?
P.S. The result of story is, they were all brought away by police (someone called police), and I don’t know what happened next.