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Two foreigners under investigation for racial slurs in private WeChat group

Police in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, are investigating two resident foreigners accused of making offensive remarks in a private WeChat group about Chinese people and Nanjing Massacre victims.

The case was brought to the police’s attention after a few screenshots of WeChat conversations were widely shared on Chinese social media. The two expatriates use racially insensitive language like “chink” and stated that the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, when more than 300,000 Chinese civilians were murdered, was “over quickly.”

These are the screen grabs that are circulating online:

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According to Mr. Gao 高, a Chinese in the chat group of 88 people created by a restaurant in Shenzhen for frequent customers, the exchanges happened on September 27.

Another Chinese member in the group told reporters (in Chinese) at Modern Express that after he posted the screenshots on his WeChat Moments, one of the foreigners used offensive language to attack him in a private conversation and threatened his personal safety by circulating his home address.

Modern Express reports that one of the foreigners used to be a teacher in China.

According to the local police, an investigation is underway and the public will be informed of the results when they are ready.

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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.

3 Comments

    1. Just a passerby Reply

      I did a search of his name on google and found one of his reddit posts. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, this guy is all kinds of messed up. It’s definitely the right guy.

      “Looking for a traditional Chinese Girl that will obey my commands and do as she is told. I am not willing to try Chinese food, learn the language or the culture. Basically looking for a mail order bride to take care of my needs. Will help process a green card and offer cash allowance and will father children if it makes you happy. Add my Wechat if you are interested

      Wechat ID: Jayjaymtl”

  1. SO Reply

    This is a question for the author. I am more interested in your story. What is it like writing for a global audience, but also, writing in the confines of China, about China. I am of course referring to freedom of speech issues, but maybe you don’t experience any.

    Aside, these guys in the article are complete assholes.

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