Has the devil got hold of their hearts?

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

Rus­sell Peters, the Cana­dian stand-up co­me­dian of In­dian ori­gin, said dur­ing one of his talk shows: “Ter­ror­ists hate Amer­i­cans. In­di­ans hate each other”. He might have spared In­di­ans the ridicule had he known the depth of ha­tred among Chi­nese, as man­i­fested in re­gional dis­crim­i­na­tion and sen­ti­ments.

Such dis­crim­i­na­tion, aimed at in­cit­ing ha­tred against peo­ple from cer­tain parts of the country, is ubiq­ui­tous in our daily life and on the in­ter­net. Some­times sub­tle but most of­ten bla­tant, such dis­crim­i­na­tory at­ti­tude tram­ples on the dig­nity of the vic­tims and tears apart the fab­ric of so­ci­ety.

So­ci­ol­o­gists be­lieve this type of dis­crim­i­na­tion stems from a sense of su­pe­ri­or­ity that somepeo­ple­have as a re­sult of the wealth gap­sa­mongdif­fer­ent re­gions. As the say­ing goes,“Guang­dong­peo­ple con­sider all out­siders poor, andShang­hainese see all non-na­tives as country bump­kins”. But there are fac­tors other than eco­nomic, such as ig­no­rance, prej­u­dice, stereo­type, or just hate for hate’s sake, be­hind such dis­crim­i­na­tion.

In­one prom­i­nent case in­Oc­to­ber2014, ZhouLiang, a Shang­hai-based soc­cer­com­men­ta­tor, called play­ers from Jiangsu prov­ince subeigou( North Jiangsu Dog) dur­ing a live broad­cast of am­atch­be­tween­the Shang­ha­iandJiangsu teams. The deroga­tory term coined by Shang­hai peo­ple sev­eral decades ago to re­fer to their com­pa­tri­ots from the neigh­bor­ing prov­ince in the north is no less abu­sive and in­sult­ing than the N-word.

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