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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


One person was killed during anti-Chinese protests in Vietnam this week. Given that the "spontaneous" state-sanctioned protests were in reaction to China's extremely heavy-handed real-politik in the South China Sea, one might assume that this was a minor and unintended accident -- except, of course, if the decedent happens to be a friend or relative -- and that in the interests of making nationalist omelettes, an egg or two should break.

Until one looks at what is actually happening.


"The incident took place at a Taiwanese-owned mill in Ha Tinh province."

"On Tuesday, at least 15 foreign-owned factories were set on fire at industrial parks in Binh Duong province, and hundreds more attacked."

"One eyewitness told the BBC the protesters seemed to have targeted companies that had Chinese characters in their signs."

"The latest incident happened overnight at a huge steel plant owned by Formosa Plastics Group."

"Taiwan's envoy in Vietnam said one Chinese worker was killed and 90 other people injured."
"A local police official also confirmed this account. "One Chinese worker is dead. We are trying to identify the body," he told AFP news agency."

Source: Vietnam-China tensions: One dead in Taiwan mill protest.


There's a long history of racialist violence in South-East Asia targeting the Chinese. The Malays committed attrocities, so did the Indonesians, the Burmese, the Thais, and the Philippinos.
During the sixties and seventies, over two million Chinese were killed in South-East Asia by other ethnicities.

Whenever a South-East Asian government needs a convenient scapegoat, anti-Chinese sentiment rears its head.

In 1978 and 1979, the Vietnamese government drove out hundreds of thousands of Chinese, whose overcrowded boats fell prey to Thai and Filippino piracy -- which many refugees did not survive -- before landing in places like Malaysia and the Philippines, were they were less than welcome.
Yes, I suppose one can blame and despise the Thais for many of the most brutal attacks on boatpeople. Some truly horrendous acts were committed by those gentle and oh so civilized Siamese. It staggers the imagination.
Utterly revolting.

But it was the Vietnamese who drove them out.
It was the Vietnamese who often pushed the vessels into deep water, then shot survivors when it sank. It was the Vietnamese who took all the cash and jewelry, then tossed a few grenades in as a farewell present. It was the Vietnamese who dispossessed merchants and shopkeepers, viciously brutalized whole families, and drove them to the docks, pushing them aboard boats already taking on water while in port.
With, of course, the same official approval that the savage riots against factories presumed to be Chinese-owned have.

So, are the Vietnamese racists?

Yes. They are.

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  • At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Gigi said…

    The Vietnamese are not as bad as the Philippinos and Malays.


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