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