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Incendiary Beijing restaurant sign triggers online fury

A restaurant in Beijing displays its sentiment toward the citizens of the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan with which China has territorial issues in the West Philippine Sea and the Sea of Japan. The sign says Japanese, Filipinos, Vietnamese and dogs are barred from the restaurant, presumably in that order. AFP

HANOI—A sign at a Beijing restaurant barring citizens of nations involved in maritime disputes with China — along with dogs — has triggered a wave of online outrage among Vietnamese and Filipinos.

The Beijing Snacks restaurant near the Forbidden City, a popular tourist spot, has posted a sign on its door reading “This shop does not receive the Japanese, the Philippines, the Vietnamese and dog(s).”

Photographs of the controversial sign have gone viral in Vietnamese-language forums and featured heavily in Philippine newspapers and websites on Wednesday.

Vietnam’s state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper ran a story saying the sign had “ignited online fury”. It claimed many Vietnamese feel this is another example of Chinese “extreme nationalism that deserves to be condemned”.

“It’s not patriotism, it’s stupid extremism,” Sy Van wrote in Vietnamese in a comment under the story, published on the paper’s website.

The sign provoked thousands of posts on Vietnamese social networking sites and newspaper comment threads.

“This is teaching hate to the younger generation,” Facebook user Andrea Wanderer wrote in Vietnamese. “The owner of the restaurant has obviously been brainwashed by their government,” added Facebook user Chung Pham.

Filipinos greeted the photo with a mixture of fury and amusement.

“Blatant racism at Beijing Restaurant,” journalist Veronica Pedrosa wrote in one widely-shared tweet, while Facebook user Rey Garcia used a comment thread on a news site to retort: “Who cares, they almost cook everything, even fetus and fingernails.”

Vietnam and the Philippines are locked in a longstanding territorial row with China over islands in the South China Sea. China and Japan have a separate acrimonious dispute over islands in the East China Sea.

Philippine Foreign Department spokesman Raul Hernandez told reporters in Manila Wednesday that the Beijing restaurant sign was simply one “private view” about the maritime dispute.

The photos were originally posted on Facebook.

The sign’s wording is particularly inflammatory as it recalls China’s colonial era, when British-owned establishments barred Chinese from entering.

A sign supposedly reading “No Dogs and Chinese allowed” became part of Communist propaganda after it was said to have hung outside a park in Shanghai when Western powers controlled parts of China.

It has become part of Chinese folklore and featured in the 1972 Bruce Lee film “Fists of Fury” — but many historical experts say no such sign ever existed.

The controversial Beijing sign was still in place Wednesday, according to the restaurant owner who gave only his surname of Wang. “No officials have contacted me about it. This is my own conduct,” Wang told AFP.

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  • desi derata

    The Chinese are raised on materialistic paradigm. The children grow and mature without soul, they don’t feel anything like sympathy and goodwill. For an ordinary Chinese, living without riches is not life at all.

    Are the Chinese moral beings? No.
    Restaurant owners would put addictive substance into the food or poison his competitors’ products. Manufacturers don’t care about lead or melamine into baby’s toys or infant formula.
    Are the Chinese human beings? In form but not in substance.
    They would not stop to rescue a baby that is being left out or tossed on the road to die.
    When a mother cries out loud for a lost child, a government paramedical staff would inject her with drug to silence her. Prisoners are executed and their “innards” harvested and given to rich comrades or sold to the highest bidder.

    The Chinese cheats, steals and bullies weaker individuals or nations.

    An ordinary Chinese has no conscience. He/she exists to vexed others.
    Is he or she different from a pest?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P4GAMKLWTOEY5N3JH2X3SZ26XA Dexter S

      In response to your last question:  is the correct answer “subhuman”?

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Tell that to the marginalized people in Mindanao . Nagmamalinis itong unggok pero ang paligid mo ay napakadumi. Phil society is a shztdoom , dont you know that ? Crimes galore everywhere you go. Moral decay, corruption , materialism  and laziness abound. And much much more ….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

    I have been to China a couple of times and stayed in a hotel where CNN and Facebook are banned. Chinese people cannot openly criticize their leaders or they end up in jail. 

    That’s why we value our freedom here. China is a big prison cell with factories inside.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P4GAMKLWTOEY5N3JH2X3SZ26XA Dexter S

      I’m lucky!  I can get facebook in the hotel where I checked in.  Also Youtube.  But the mainstream hotels like Hyatt cannot get them.

    • gardy_versozi

      just because you slept in a sleazy motel owned by a filipino-chinese with a dude you just met doesn’t mean you’ve been in china and stayed in a hotel. the reason why you can’t watch CNN and open facebook in that motel is because it’s too cheap to have cable tv and internet. you stupid stupid stupid idiot.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        Hahaha, nainggit ang ghago

      • gardy_versozi

        hahahahaha, yan na lang kaya mong sagutin? halatang pikon ka na! come on, you can do better than that, moron! LOL

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

        I bet you’ve never been to China. Pustahan tayo.

        Fil-Chinese Motel in China? Pang Sogo ka lang yata. Walang ganun sa Beijing, mokong. hahaha. 

        Hahaha, me m oron. Gardy-Gago. Fair enough!

      • gardy_versozi

        hahahahaha, name calling? aren’t you getting out of character, franzing? LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.buenaflor Anthony Valenzona Buenaflor

    Who cares about these chinese pigs?? Primera Uno de Piratas en Droga cargadores.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Who Wang?

    • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

      I am sure you are not referring to me because that is my blog name only. Thank you.

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Make it as wangwangero, abuso sa daan.

  • You’re Funny!!!


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

    No problem. We can live without the Punyeta! I have been in Beijing and Shanghai. Don’t go there. Wala kang mapapala.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Japanese and American companies just pull out from China. The rest of us… avoid chinese made products. Period.

    The surge in their economy has gotten into their heads. However reality is that the capital are still controlled by giant corporations that are foreign based. A big chunk of their goods are exported to the US and Japan, their main cnsumers. They would not ike a scenario wherein there is no demand for their exports, there is massive unemployment and over supply of labor which could lead to the collapse of China

    China should be concerned. The US is out to control their infuence in the Pacific. Japan is out to take their ecnomy back from 3rd largest to 2nd. The Phillippines will beat their ass@s out of Scarborough shoal.

    • GKLer

      Look this up:  China-Russia alliance.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P4GAMKLWTOEY5N3JH2X3SZ26XA Dexter S

        China-Russia agreeing?  Realpolitik in this part of the world dictates that being neighbors = main threat (especially if there is some military parity but this rule does not apply to Canada and USA).  I don’t think this alliance will not stick especially post-Putin and once the Chinese economy collapses.

      • GKLer

        They just signed a 10-point agreement in 2012.  Look it up

      • justyouraveragechinoy

        Read it again and again… it’s an ECONOMIC cooperation and not a military alliance.  Choppers and planes for commercial use…

        “During Hu-Putin meeting, the two sides signed more than 10 key commercial contracts including setting-up a USD 4 billion investment fund”

      • GKLer

        You forgot the huge amount of oil that Russia supplies to China.  Now being doubled. Look it up.

        Oil fuels everything including the military.

        Look up how much China has increased in military spending over the last 10 years.

        Hitler made similar arrangements with Russia in WW2, leading Russia to believe they had an alliance.  
        Hitler in W.Europe.  Stalin in E.Europe to Asia.
        Of course, Hitler betrayed Russia.

      • justyouraveragechinoy

        well then there you go reason why Russia don’t trust the Chinese. my point is there’s NO military alliance between them as opposed to what you’re suggesting. besides Russia provides EU with most of the oil and gas they need but that doesn’t mean they’ll fight for each other’s cause.

      • justyouraveragechinoy

        there is no Russia and China alliance precisely because the Russians don’t trust the Chinks!

      • GKLer

        Really?  They just signed a 10-point agreement in 2012.  Look it up

  • Mario_Garcia

    Formerly it read “CHINESE AND DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THIS ESTABLISHMENT”.  What a copy cat!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P4GAMKLWTOEY5N3JH2X3SZ26XA Dexter S

      I saw this sign in Tennessee when I was there.  But I ate there and they welcomed me.  Filipinos are well received in this part of Dixie.  They hate “gooks”.

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Dixies love Chinese buffets,  its the best bang for the buck . And besides Dixie are gluttonous , cheapskate  hilly billy poor folks.

  • im_earth

    Japanese, Philippines and Vietnamese… haha
    trying hard talaga.
    mismatch pa ang nationalities..

  • ncells

    nice sign from a place where smoking is the best way of getting fresh air.

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