With the recent success of the Chinese keeping the Coronavirus well under control, there has been an increase in xenophobic comments made online with foreigners being blamed for reintroducing COVID-19 back into mainland China. Foreigners have since been banned from entering China until further announcements.
A comic strip has been shared on WeChat over the weekend titled “Foreign Trash Clarification”. What was originally used to help Chinese citizens with understanding how to sort trash due to new regulations introduced to various cities within the People’s Republic, has been edited to make fun of foreigners based on previous cases of them breaking quarantine rules in China.
In the first scene a worker enters, dragging a foreigner to the garbage bins for sorting.
The foreigner’s alleged offense is then described: “He came to China to take refuge but he didn’t wear a mask on the street. Also, he insulted and attacked epidemic prevention workers.”
The worker declares that the foreigner has a “heart covered in pig lard” and classifies him as household food waste.
He is thrown into the corresponding bin.
“I have the right to breathe,” protests the foreigner.
“Obey the rules and wear a mask. That way everyone can breathe freely as soon as possible. If you don’t want to wear a mask, go back to where you came from!” responds the worker while spraying him down with disinfectant.
The comic follows this format eight more times with various foreigners being dragged in and accused of things like: causing trouble at a quarantine hotel while ordering takeout food at 3 am.
Breaking quarantine to go out for a jog while not even wearing a face mask.
Sneaking into China to avoid the Covid-19 pandemic elsewhere.
Trying to trick Chinese women into having sex.
Pretending to be a friend of China while writing bad things about the country online.
Breaking quarantine to pick up deliveries, not wearing a mask, and pulling down alarms.
Biting a nurse while being treated for Coronavirus at the hospital.
Cutting in line at the airport for a nucleic acid test and then shouting “Chinese get out” after fellow travelers start protesting.