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Netizens are angry over a Beijing restaurant’s refusal to serve diners from countries, including Vietnam, that have maritime territorial disputes with China.

The restaurant, Beijing Snacks, located in the Houhai Lake neighborhood, a popular tourist spot to the north of the Forbidden City, has put a sign on its door in Chinese and English that says, “This shop does not receive the Japanese, the Philippines, the Vietnamese and dog” [sic].

It is unclear when the restaurant owner, surnamed Wang, published this notice, but it was seen on Chinese microblogging platforms last September.

Wang recently told Tuoi Tre by telephone that he posted such a notice to speak his mind, and nothing else was implied in it.

When asked how he feels about Japanese, Filippinos, and Vietnamese seeing the notice, he said bluntly that they had better not read these words and then abruptly hung up.

The owner told BBC Chinese on Monday that he does not care what others may think about his sign, and that he put it up out of “patriotism.”

Tuoi Tre emailed the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi on Tuesday to ask for comment on the incident but has yet to receive any response.

China is now locked in spats with Vietnam and the Philippines over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos in the East Sea, and with Japan over Senkaku/Diaoyu in the East China Sea.

‘Racism with a nationalist twist’

Four photos of the sign have gone viral online since February 22 when Rose Tang, a 44-year-old painter and writer who was born and raised in mainland China but now lives in New York, took them on her visit to Beijing.

Over 3,500 people have shared them on Facebook, and thousands of others followed and commented on Tang’s photos, captioned “Racism with a nationalist twist,” over the last few days.

The woman, who spent twelve years reporting for CNN and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, told Tuoi Tre that she “put up the photos on my Facebook because I felt obliged to expose it,” the manifestation of a popular public sentiment growing more vocal in recent years in China.

“I didn't bother to go inside the restaurant to interview anyone … I pretty much knew what the owner or whoever put up the sign would say and I've been fed up with such patriotic/racist rhetorics in China and didn't want to hear more,” said Tang, a former journalism professor at Princeton University.

She was chased by protesters who showered her with rocks when she was covering the anti-NATO rallies outside the UK and US embassies in Beijing in 1999 as soon as they discovered she was reporting for a Hong Kong publication, Asiaweek magazine, the ex-reporter recalled.

“I think such national pride stems from a deep inferiority complex,” she added. “I hear all the time people raving about China's rise, but ironically every Chinese family I know of is trying to send their children to America.”

Tang said that she is “hoping pressure from the public and media will teach [Wang and people like him] a lesson.”

Furious reactions

Paul Mooney, a freelance reporter in Beijing, commented on one of Tang’s photos that “this is the government and Party's fault. They tell lies about other countries and distort history and so Chinese who don't know any better respond with ignorance. Very depressing.” About 250 people have liked this comment so far.

Quoc Vinh, a Vietnamese living in California, observed that “the very reason behind this is the "cow tongue" border that China claims on the Pacific. Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam are all fighting with China against its ridiculous claim. However, China is good in educating its people, so they believe that their country is being invaded, not invading others.”

Another Facebook user nicknamed Andrea Wanderer believed “this is teaching hate to the younger generation so they grow up preaching animosity towards other countries in Asia.”

“Sea politics has made it to the dining table!” remarked Yenni Kwok, copy editor at the International Herald Tribune and Time Magazine.

Many pictures of Chinese restaurants putting up xenophobic signs suddenly surfaced on microblogging services like Sina Weibo and Tengxun Weibo in September last year.

Reactions have varied to these notices.

Duowanshitouxiong, a nickname, wrote on Tengxun Weibo that a waiter once asked her/him if he/she could speak a human language when he/she was pointing at dishes on the menu in a restaurant in China.

That person responded angrily while the waiter simply smiled, the poster said, adding he/she saw a racist notice outside the restaurant after leaving.

Another netizen, Wenzi Meifengguonianpangshijin, commented on the same site that a ten percent discount should be granted to those who shout that the Senkaku/Diaoyu belong to China and a twenty percent one to people saying Japan is part of China.

Many others said that these voices indicate extreme nationalism that deserves to be condemned.



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A xenophobic sign is seen on the glass door of the Beijing Snacks restaurant in China's capital. Netizens have made a storm of protest against this notice.
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A sign posted on the window of a restaurant at the historic tourist city of Houhai in Beijing says: 'This shop does not receive The Japanese, The Philippines, The Vietnamese and dog.'AFP photo -
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We had such things before !
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DFA: Beijing resto's anti-Pinoy stance a 'private view'
February 27, 2013 8:17pm
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The Philippines on Wednesday dismissed a Beijing restaurant’s refusal to serve customers from countries it has territorial disputes with like the Philippines, saying it is just the establishment's “private view.”

At a press briefing in Manila, Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said the Philippines, however, is hoping that such act is not sanctioned by the Chinese government.

“We think that the notice that was posted on that shop in Beijing is a private view about the whole situation that is happening between the Philippines and China, and we hope that it is not a state policy not to allow Filipinos to get to restaurants in Beijing,” Hernandez said.

He was reacting to an Agence France-Presse photograph of the restaurant bearing a signage in Chinese and English that said the “shop does not welcome Japanese, Filipinos, and Vietnamese, and dogs.”

Hernandez said the DFA is not aware of any Filipino in China who has been discriminated in Chinese restaurants in Beijing.

“We have not received any reports of that nature,” he said. “This is an isolated incident. This is the first time that such incident was reported.”

China is locked in tense territorial disputes with Japan over islands, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu or Diaoyutai in Chinese, and with the Philippines and Vietnam over the oil-rich South China Sea.

Manila has taken China to a United Nations arbitration body to complain what it calls Beijing’s “excessive” claim to waters where undersea gas deposits have been discovered in several areas. Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan are also staking claims to the waters, in which some parts are called West Philippine Sea by the Philippines.

Overlapping claims to the contested waters, islands and reefs, has been feared to be Asia's next potential flashpoint for war.
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WHY I am posting this ?

I want to know ...

how many Chinese here in this forum ...

- are in support of the restaurants action

- or ashamed of such things happening in China.
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Incendiary Beijing restaurant sign triggers online fury

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 tens of thousands of posts on Vietnamese social networking sites and newspaper comment threads.

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 foetus 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 on 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 on 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 reporters.
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