Chi­nese say Canada game clearly ‘racist’

Global Times - - Nation - By Shan Jie

A Cana­dian mo­bile game sparked out­rage among Chi­nese at home and abroad, say­ing the game is racist and in­sults Chi­nese peo­ple.

The game, Dirty Chi­nese Res­tau­rant, is a sim­u­la­tion where play­ers can con­trol a char­ac­ter, Wong Fu, in op­er­at­ing the ti­tle’s res­tau­rant.

The US-based news­pa­per China Press says that the game al­lows play­ers to in­sult cos­tumers, cause trou­ble for com­peti­tors and make the food from trashy sub­stances.

“Putting out such a racist game is ridicu­lous. This game im­plied that Chi­nese restau­rants are dirty and serve cus­tomers rub­bish… it all shows a stereo­type of the Chi­nese peo­ple,” said a reader of the news­pa­per.

How­ever, the game’s de­vel­oper ar­gued that the game is not “an ac­cu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Chi­nese cul­ture,” in a re­ply sent to the Global Times on Wed­nes­day lo­cal time.

The game por­trays older im­ages of Chi­nese and is ob­vi­ously in­ap­pro­pri­ate and prej­u­diced as well, said Zhang Yiwu, a Pek­ing Univer­sity pro­fes­sor.

Over­seas Chi­nese pay a lot of at­ten­tion to cul­tural diversity. And while some Chi­nese restau­rants may have prob­lems, this mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Chi­nese is not at all ac­cept­able. The West should learn to re­spect cul­tural diversity and not touch a sore spot among over­seas Chi­nese in a game de­sign, Zhang said.

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