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The emotion of Chinese netizens

September 4th, 2006 . by Matt

Recently Chinese netizens have become known for their online rage, railing against adulterous couples, ‘Kung-fu porn’, unfaithful fathers, and immoral foreign bloggers. The latest episode involving the immoral foreign blogger even made the western press.

Chinabounder is an anonymous British expatriate and self-confessed wastrel in his early 30s who likes to boast on his weblog of his sexual conquests of Chinese women, including some of his students.

But now incensed Shanghai webizens have resolved to track him down and “kick the foreign trash out of China.”

In racy language suggesting a Hollywood-like rogue cutting a dash in the seedy bars of Shanghai before having his way with naive, foreigner-crazy Chinese girls, Chinabounder describes seducing a different girl every night of the week.

The postings are also critical of Chinese male sexual prowess and contain occasional snipes at Chairman Mao Zedong’s womanizing and the frustrations of Chinese housewives.

The collection of juvenile, if provocative, musings on sexual mores in contemporary China may even be a hoax cooked up by artists to gauge the reaction in China to such unsavoury comments from a foreigner.

Whoever, or whatever, Chinabounder is, things have taken a nasty turn for the knavish seducer and Chinese websites and blogs are humming with calls for his lynching.

Access is currently denied to the Sex and Shanghai blog – which attracted millions of readers – as the author hides from a wave of contempt. Cyber-vigilantes, furious at his postings about how he seduced his students, including married women and teenagers, have threatened this Lothario with a beating if they track him down. Some comments are couched in dangerously xenophobic language.

Shanghai, China’s biggest city and its most cosmopolitan, has tens of thousands of foreigners, many of them students and language teachers. Intimate relationships between locals and foreigners have grown increasingly common. Mick Jagger alluded to this before the Rolling Stones’ Shanghai show in March when he said a ban on certain songs in their repertoire was designed to protect expatriate bankers and their Chinese girlfriends.

However, there are rarely reports of racial tension. But since the storm over Chinabounder, there are now concerns that British residents – particularly male English teachers in their early 30s in Shanghai – could be targeted by angry mobs.

Articles like this reveal a well-spring of rage and resentment among Chinese netizens. What is not reported in the western press is the other major Chinese netizen emotion… Disappointment.

Yes, major Chinese BBS MOP is seething with disappointment over the release of pictures of teenage Hong Kong models. Chinese netizens have responded to the release of the pictures with a mixture of disbelief and bafflement (and disappointment).

The post on MOP is titled “香港的美少女评选,你挑一个吧!” – “Beautiful young Hong Kong models, which would you choose?!” Below are the controversial pictures which have disappointed so many Chinese netizens.

hong kong model

hong kong model

hong kong model

hong kong model

hong kong model

hong kong model

hong kong model

hong kong model

hong kong model

The reaction has been almost totally negative. Here is a sampling of Chinese netizen opinion.

猫(215):将来都得去韩国

All of them need to go to korea (implying they need plastic surgery)

扑(250):真同情香港的男人啊!难怪香港的色情行业那么发达呢!

Those poor Hong Kong men, no wonder the prostitution industry is so large there!

猫(47):妈妈!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
偶见鬼了!!!!!!!!!!!

Mum!!! I saw ghosts!!!

猫(77):………………………………………………………………??
图片上怎么没有人啊??
…………………………….奇怪!!!

Why there is no human in the pictures… strange!

猫(169):精卵质量不好

The quality of sperm and ovum is bad

猫(305):楼住忽悠我

This poster is trying to decieve me

There you have it, the other side of Chinese netizen rage, Chinese netizen disappointment. Please do not flame me, I am just the messenger!


2 Responses to “The emotion of Chinese netizens”

  1. comment number 1 by: Iceberg

    This has got to be a parody, right?

  2. comment number 2 by: Geo

    Im sorry to write in Japanese.

     まだ可愛い子あんまり居ないように見えるけど、
    民主化して情報が流通するようになったら変わるだろうな。
     みんな自分を美しくするコツが分かってないし。
     背筋をよくするだけで大分変わる。

     民主化したらこの子たちの国籍もいくつかに分かれるかもしれないけど。