The Chinese Hordes Explain Themselves
With respect to the blanket coverage in Hong
Kong about the behavior of mainland Chinese visitors to Hong Kong Disneyland (The
Chinese Hordes Take Over Disneyland), Information Times (via Yahoo!
News) captured some reactions from Chinese citizens.
- Why do they say that those were
mainlanders? Why not Hong Kongers? Why not Taiwanese? Why
not Japanese devils?
- I spend the money and I can do whatever I
want. At worst, I won't go next time.
- Is this a park or a banquet hall? Why
don't they require people to wear tuxedos instead? I've been to
Disnelyand in the United States. People there dress informally.
Granted there were no butt-naked little boys, but the men and women dressed
informally. A park should look like a park. It is the same in
the United States, Hong Kong, Shanbei, Shanghai or Beijing. A park has
it rules and regulations, but the quality of the visitors is none of its
- What is the connection between lifestyle
customs and quality? What is the connection between using American
standards to judge Chinese men and quality? This is a matter of
long-term customs, and why is it being mixed up with quality?
- First, we need to ask if Disney has provided
adequate resting facilities? If there are seats, no one is going to
squat or sit on the ground. You can't blame the tourists. They
probably had no choice. Besides, what is the big deal? In many
European cities, people sit on the ground, or lie on the ground topless to
get some sun. Nobody thinks it is big deal. Let us get used to
- Several centuries ago, the French people
spit across tables. But today, when you see these refined and upright
Europeans, you can't imagine that they could once kill someone over a few
packets of spices. There is no need to be so harsh on our
people. Condemning them won't help. As I see it, this is a phase
during the development process like what the Japanese and Koreans went
through. There is no need to be alarmed.
- Raising the quality of the people cannot be
done overnight. I believe that we should talk less and do more, one
step at a time beginning with myself! One particular matter impresses
me the most. There is a large steel gate downstairs of our
apartment. Most people just push the door quickly, and and the door
shuts by itself with a loud bang. One day, as I was going to enter, I
saw a foreigner coming out. He opened the door and then he turned
around to hold the door. First, he wanted to close the door lightly so
that there wouldn't be a loud bang. Second, he wanted to see if anyone
was behind him so that the door would not slam on them. Quality
exhibits itself in many little things of life. It is those details
that define the true cultural level of a country's citizens. It is not
about using economics or culture as the sole standard.
- Everybody has some responsiblity in the rise
and fall of a country. So we must all being within ourselves. If
everyone of us can become more civilized, our whole society will
progress! There are definitely some uncivilized behavior on mainland
China. We must move towards the better things and we must improve
- Generally speaking, our quality of
civilization are not as good as our compatriots in Hong Kong and
Macau. If you ask for directions there, you can watch how they explain
to you; if you take a bus, you can see how they get into line in an orderly
manner; when they do get on, they will look after the elderly; if the
problem is due to overcrowding, you can watch their subways -- they stand
aside at the door and let the passengers get off first and then they file in
... there is a lot of difference.
- Don't look for excuses! Reflect
yourself if there is a problem. If there is, then work hard to correct
it. A public place is not like inside your own home. You have to
have public morals. If you do whatever you want and say whatever your
want, there is no civilized society to speak of!
- This proves that there are problems with
Disney's design and management. They need to improve things!
When outsiders look at a five-star hotel, they only see a few luxury
suites. Actually, the main things are the various arrangments in the
background that are not readily noticeable.
- If the Disneyland arrangements and service
workers could not handle this many tourists, then they should have limited
the number of visitors per day to let them have the best service. They
should not try to make as much money as possible, and then blame the people
for overburdening the service systems.
Op-ed Column: Do Not Look For Excuses On
Behalf Of Bad Customs
The report by Information Times on various
inappropriate behaviors by mainland Chinese visitors at Hong Kong Disneyland
became a hot topic. My commentary yesterday titled "Bad Customs At
Disneyland Create Embarrassment" received attention from netizens.
Some agreed with my viewpoint while others objected. It seemed that the
opinions are divided into extreme opposing camps with irreconciliable
differences and conflicts. But no matter which camp, the focus is
undoubtedly on the discussion of the quality of Chinese people.
So what really is quality? What are bad
customs? What is civilization? A netizen wrote that it all depends
on the standards of evaluation and then concluded that our lifestyle customs
determine our speeches and deeds, which are unrelated to quality.
I agree that "lifestyle customs
determine our speeches and deeds" but I still insist that the bad habits
in our lives should not become customary norms. A rational and civilized
person should have the ability to control oneself and not offer any excuses
for bad behavior. But in practice, many people have become inured to bad
habits such as spitting everywhere, jumping in queues and talking
loudly. The bad customers had no compunction whatsoever in behaving as
they do, and the observers are numbed to all the bad behaviors around
them. The absence of public awareness and self-discipline allowed
uncivilized behavior to proliferate.
No matter what, it is an undeniable fact that
the awareness of civilized behavior and the elimination of bad habits are
required for mainland tourists. Some netizens used cultural differences,
imperfect arrangements at Disneyland and even the inappropriateness of
applying western standards to defend bad habits, and this is depressing.
Bad habits should be reformed and uncivilized behavior should be
eliminated. If we cannot even accept these criticisms, how can we claim
to be a country of manners? Where is our self-respect?
Of course, my commentary did not intend to
condemn all mainland tourists. I have no right to do so. Besides,
as a resident of a mainland city, I cannot guarantee that my quality is higher
than others. But to move towards civilization is what any rational
person should do, and that includes you, me and every Chinese person.