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Chinese outraged after People’s Daily ‘Dishonest Americans’ column goes viral

People's Daily's bilingual Antiyankeeist column

People’s Daily’s bilingual Antiyankeeist column

The People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of China’s Communist Party, has baffled and shocked people in China by launching a “Dishonest Americans” Series, aiming to “provide a more objective picture of what the US and Americans are really like.”

“Most Chinese people think that Americans are honest, reliable, and righteous. But once you live in the country for a while, you may discover the descriptions above are a bit misleading, ” explained its editor.

It’s not clear why the bilingual column, entitled “Immoral and Dishonest Americans” in Chinese, is called “Dishonest Americans” – with “immoral” taken out, in English.

With three articles published from March to May, the series remained largely unnoticed until earlier this week, when a huge debate began online after several prominent Chinese media outlets reported the column.

Lengthy and emotion-charged stories, some first person accounts, told of a New York City locksmith who demands US$800 for changing two locks, a payroll company that shuts down a client’s account before stealing its money, and a United Airlines staff who blocks a passenger from boarding an over-booked plane.

“Their [UA] manner is worst when dealing with Chinese passengers, who are usually timid and reticent outside of China,” concludes the Daily, citing “research” done by its online reporters.

The scathing criticism of “dishonest Americans” was greeted with overwhelming ridicule from readers.

“Why do our officials keep sending their wives and sons to this immoral and dishonest country?,” asked many.

The Communist Party's main propaganda building is expected to open next year

The Communist Party’s main propaganda building is expected to open next year

“There are immoral and dishonest people in every country, ” said Wu Zuolai, a Beijing scholar, “But we all know how many immoral and dishonest governments there are in the world – and we don’t need a column to tell us.”

The People’s Daily had vowed to destroy Apple’s “unparalleled arrogance” in March. The paper was later ridiculed over its new Beijing headquarters, which bore an unfortunate resemblance to a giant penis.

Tips and contributions are encouraged by the People’s Daily. Send an email to us.editor@people.cn, and share your own stories of immoral and dishonest Americans.

Contributor’s Note: I believe that due to American support for Japan in the disputes over the Diaoyus (known as Senkakus in Japan) and the surge of nationalism due to the memory of Japan’s war crimes in World War II, there is quite a market for antiyankeeism in China now, but the antiyankeeist propaganda aims at countering the impact of US support for those who are fighting for human rights and democracy in China.
Source: SCMP “Outrage after People’s Daily’s ‘Dishonest Americans’ column goes viral”

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8 thoughts on “Chinese outraged after People’s Daily ‘Dishonest Americans’ column goes viral

  1. Reblogged this on digger666.


    Posted by digger666 | May 26, 2013, 11:32 pm
  2. how about chinese who deface monuments in other countries


    Posted by pusa kain | May 30, 2013, 1:16 am
  3. I see that China has totally forgotten that USA was on their side in WWII. It’s like America fought on the Japanese side.


    Posted by Harland | May 31, 2013, 3:48 pm
    • The US helped the Chinese Nationalists, the side which was ousted to Taiwan, not the communist party which controls Mainland China. Might want to read up about the history some more…


      Posted by Louis | June 4, 2013, 1:35 pm
      • A change of government doesn’t change a country’s history. The real history, at least…


        Posted by China Daily Mail | June 4, 2013, 2:26 pm


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