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Beijing restaurant bans Pinoys, Vietnamese, Japanese - and dogs

Category: Talk of the Nation |  Author: JB Llanda |  Published: 2013-02-27 22:28:59 |  Times Read: 2002

Why ban other nationalities along dogs? That's insulting! This my initial reaction to what I've read in a news site (


Beijing restaurant bans Pinoys, Vietnamese, Japanese - and dogs

Photo by Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse


Here are some parts of the news I've read.

HANOI - 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).

A clear racism.

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.


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