During the time when Shanghai was divided into eight so-called
concession zones by eight foreign powers including France,
Germany and Japan, in British area there was a sign in
front of a park on the Bund which read, “No Chinese and
dogs allowed.” Mind, it was on Chinese soil and it mentioned
Chinese in the same breath as dogs.
Of course, it was decades, decades ago, by then some British
people and some French people and some German people and
some other people were yet to be touched and moved by their
own heroic acts of upholding the lofty values such as democracy,
freedom and human rights, and feel privileged to look down
from their perceived moral high ground on the world with
dignified pity and disapproval.
And China, despite being plagued by many faults as any
other nations are, has long prohibited the racial and ethnic-based
discrimination historically practiced by the Mongol’s Yuan
Dynasty, by the Manchurian’s Qing Dynasty, and by the foreign
powers from Briton, France, Germany and Japan.
Or has it?
Local media in China reported that the act of discrimination
against Chinese has reoccurred in some patches of Chinese
soil, for instance, in some specialised shoe shops, just
this time the place is in Beijing and the perpetrators
It is said that those shoe shops in the capital’s eastern
Chaoyang district would ban Chinese from stepping into
their premises by using a sign, a curtain or even guards.
When the complaint was launched with the local consumer
association, an official in the organisation is reported
as replying, “A merchant has right to determine whom he
wants to do business with.”
Sure, the Englishmen who built the park also aimed to
gain profit and therefore were even greater merchants than
those shoe dealers, they certainly as well had right to
determine to whom they would like to grant access privilege.
And that is not an isolated incidence.
In an office building in Shanghai’s Caohejing Industry
Park Chinese are reportedly not allowed to walk into an
elevation when foreigners are present.
The elevation service contract states
that Chinese must respect foreigners’ privilege in
using the service.
Those in the West who say China may get into a Yuan Dynasty's bloody-thirsty
wolf-worship mentality promoted by few elements in
the country, or adopt a Qing Dynasty's outlook of the
world that enslaved other ethnic groups and rejected
other nations, therefore China's renaissance should be
warned about and prevented from, is utterly a scaremonger
with suspicious motivations, because the evidences show
that some Chinese are working so hard to make sure their
guests will be the masters of the locals forever.
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