Commentary: Vietnamese public is outraged by the recent bullying actions taken by Chinese government by deploying an oil rig within the Vietnam’s territorial water to explore Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Some Vietnamese in a touristic city Nha Trang have taken the anti-China action a little bit too far by announcing publically they would deny the service to mainland Chinese. Nha Trang was a city that Irvine City wanted to forge a sisterhood with before the City council had to give in to the strong opposition of Vietnamese American community.
It should be noted that the younger owner of the hotel studied in China for 5 years and is married to a Chinese descent; so he is not real racist against Chinese people, but he wants to make the Chinese tourists be aware of their government’s infringement on Vietnamese sovereignty and hopes that Chinese tourists have a say in their government.
The trend has spread to over 5 facilities over the past and may even be encouraged by some Vietnamese on the internet.
This trend should be condemnable because it can be perceived as racial discrimination against Chinese even though these owners may not even be real racists. This trend is a misplaced patriotism and despicable because Chinese people have no say in the matters of their government’s policy as Vietnamese people have no say in the matters of their own government’s government policy either. Also, the job of service industry is to serve their customers; the Chinese tourists deserve the respect and hospitality of the host country. It is just the about basic humanity! One serves and helps other in needs.
A veiled sign of discrimination would tarnish the country’s image and damage the friendship of Vietnamese and Chinese people. The current standoff between China and Vietnam is caused by Chinese government and not by their people.
In February, Racist Sign of Beijing Restaurant Against Japanese, Vietnamese and Filipino was worldwide criticized that the local government had to intervene.
One can show patriotism by other legitimate means by boycotting China-made products or by pressuring the Vietnamese government to seek international arbitration like the Filipino has done so.
May the owners soon realize their mistakes and make amends!