F***ing Chinese???

Photo-2014-12-29-20-03-14_1331As I had friends in town yesterday we went to eat Beijing Duck followed by Hong Kong style dessert. We first went to Peking Garden, then walked to “Tang Dessert” in Tsim Sha Tsui. In order to cross Kowloon Park Drive you need to take the pedestrian underpass on Peking Road.

When I walked up the stairs, I saw “F***ing Chinese” sprayed on the stairs.

I was flummoxed. After all I’m in Hong Kong – a Chinese city. Now I’m contemplating who was the culprit and what does he (or she) think.

I came up with the following explanations.

1. “Chinese” in this sense refers to “Mainland Chinese”. In this case it could’ve been written by a local Hong Kong Chinese who’s fed up with Mainland Chinese pushing around in Tsim Sha Tsui buying all milk powder and LV bags. There’s been quite a bit of tension between the Hong Kong population and Chinese tourists over the last years. I won’t get into the details in this post as it would require a few posts on its own to explain.

2. “Chinese” in this sense refers to Ethnic Chinese. In this case it was most likely written by one of the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong such as gwai loh’s (caucasian), Indians, Africans or someone else. Why someone would write such a racist remark I don’t know.

3. It was just a stupid joke.

What do you think?

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That poor BMW….

BMW

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