‘For­eign trash’ in China should be pun­ished and kicked out

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - By Huang Lan­lan duqiong­fang@ glob­al­times.com.cn

“It is a de­light to have friends com­ing from afar,” is an old say­ing by Con­fu­cius com­monly used by we Chi­nese to­day to ex­press our wel­com­ing na­ture to­ward for­eign­ers ar­riv­ing in our coun­try. China’s rapid de­vel­op­ment, in ad­di­tion to its renowned hos­pi­tal­ity to­ward for­eign im­mi­grants, has in­deed at­tracted an in­creas­ing num­ber of Western­ers.

Many have started suc­cess­ful busi­nesses here, which pro­vide jobs and in­comes and taxes to lo­cals. Or they teach Chi­nese chil­dren the English lan­guage, which has helped stu­dents ac­quire ed­u­ca­tion or work over­seas. But not all for­eign­ers in China are up­stand­ing cit­i­zens.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent video clip be­ing shared on­line, three drunk for­eign men stopped a taxi in front of a bar in East China’s Fu­jian Prov­ince in the early morn­ing hours so that they could ha­rass two young Chi­nese women who had got­ten into the cab. A lo­cal passerby tried to help the women, to which one of the for­eign­ers yelled in Pu­tonghua, “You die! You Chi­nese all die!”

In Au­gust, in North­east China’s Jilin Prov­ince, three for­eign­ers rid­ing a lo­cal bus re­port­edly ver­bally ha­rassed a fe­male pas­sen­ger while tak­ing a video of them­selves do­ing so. In 2013, when a reporter in Cen­tral China’s Hubei Prov­ince was con­duct­ing an in­ter­view on the street, a for­eign man rushed up, grabbed her mi­cro­phone and grasped her waist, shout­ing, “I love you! Show me your boobs!”

The most no­to­ri­ous case oc­curred in Bei­jing back in 2012. A young Chi­nese woman was mo­lested by a Bri­tish man on the street in the evening. A video, which later went vi­ral, showed the man mount­ing the woman, who was lay­ing on her back on a bed of flow­ers, her dress up and her panties ex­posed. The woman is au­di­bly cry­ing, scream­ing that she does not know him and shout­ing “buyao (no)!”

Each time I see cov­er­age like this, I wonder what ever hap­pened to other “for­eign trash” af­ter their videos went vi­ral. Were they iden­ti­fied and ap­pre­hended? Were they sent to jail? Were they de­ported? Un­for­tu­nately, in most cases, noth­ing re­port­edly ever hap­pens.

The men in Hubei and Bei­jing were, for­tu­nately, caught by lo­cal po­lice. How­ever, when asked by me­dia what penalty they might face, the po­lice per­func­to­rily re­sponded that their cases were “still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” Years have passed with­out any fol­low-up or con­clu­sion to their cases.

Sta­tis­tics show that more than 137 mil­lion for­eign­ers vis­ited China in 2016, among which over 900,000 work here. It is rea­son­able to as­sume that the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of for­eign­ers, in­clud­ing long-term ex­pats, in China are prop­erly be­haved. But sadly, high-pro­file cases like those listed above give all the oth­ers a bad name.

I can’t help wonder whether we Chi­nese have shown too much kind­ness over the years to for­eign im­mi­grants. We treat the good ones like kings; the bad ones we more of­ten than not turn a blind eye to, al­low­ing them to con­tinue to ram­page through our so­ci­ety unchecked.

It is fright­en­ing for me, a young Chi­nese woman, to think that so many for­eign mo­lesters and per­verts and creeps and out­right crim­i­nals are al­lowed to con­tinue to live and work in our coun­try. As if as­sault­ing fe­males or phys­i­cally at­tack­ing lo­cals are just “cul­tural dif­fer­ences” that can be for­given.

To make our com­mu­ni­ties stronger and safer, I sug­gest that the lo­cal and cen­tral gov­ern­ments start ac­tu­ally en­forc­ing their own laws by re­vok­ing the visas of any for­eign­ers caught break­ing the law and, if jail time is war­ranted, de­port them im­me­di­ately upon re­lease.

More­over, mak­ing the names, de­tails of their crimes and mug shots of such “for­eign trash” pub­lic – on lo­cal pub­lic se­cu­rity bu­reau web­sites and per­haps a na­tional pub­lic data­base – will de­ter busi­nesses and schools from hir­ing or ac­cept­ing them.

With a face-scan­ning app such as the type now avail­able on many smart­phones, em­ploy­ers can im­me­di­ately know if a for­eign can­di­date is one of the good ones or of the trash va­ri­ety. The trash, not find­ing any work here, will be forced to leave China and re­turn to their own coun­tries to con­tinue their bar­baric be­hav­ior. The opin­ions ex­pressed in this ar­ti­cle are the au­thor’s own and do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect the views of the Global Times.

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