China’s fast economic development over the last few decades has spawned a new group of people — Chinese tourists. Since the 1990’s there has been many negative reports about their weird and unacceptable behavior in foreign countries.
Because of this, tags such as “rude” and “inappropriate” are usually associated with this group of people. Some netizens even describe them as “primitive people who have broken into the modern world, in an unfavorable way.”
On March 19, a video of Chinese tourists at a Thai buffet posted on Weibo has once again caused a heated online discussion. In the video, the Chinese tourists — young and old — hustled and bustled over the jumbo shrimp at the buffet, with many holding two or three plates, and shoveling the shrimp like crazy.
The scene was chaotic and disordered, with some of the Chinese tourists swearing and shouting in front of the shrimp bar.
The video was taken at a buffet called King Power in Chiang Mai, and was first shared by a Thai user on Facebook, according to Caijing News. Many Thai Facebook users commented under the video, writing: “Haven’t they ever ate shrimp before?”
After the video was posted in Weibo, it was retweeted more than 23,000 times that day, and received over 22,000 comments. Many Chinese Weibo users said it was embarrassing for all of the people in the country. The Weibo user who posted the video said it was “like barbarians who had rushed into a modern world that has food.”
Although the people of China have gained more financial wealth in recent years, the shadow of Mao Zedong‘s time, when people lived in poverty and hunger with scarce resources, has been so profound that Chinese people have formed the instinct to fight for food or other material benefits, regardless of whether they actually need it. Even in modern China today, Chinese people still feel insecure.
Sad but true, China used to be called the “state of etiquette.” But its system of etiquette, together with its essence of culture was lost during the “Cultural Revolution” initiated by Mao Zedong, in which acting rude and being dirty were highly praised as “having revolution spirit.”
Now it’s going to be a long way to go for Chinese people to improve their international image and revive their civilization.
Here’s the video of Chinese tourists shoveling shrimp at the buffet: