Frenchmen and Dogs


The backlash in China against the French continues, despite efforts by the French to repair some of the damage.  What really puzzles me is: why refuse to carry dogs!

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22 Responses to Frenchmen and Dogs

  1. Sue says:

    Cos they are trying to degrade them… the english did to chinese long time a go…. “no chinese and no dogs”.

  2. Guan Yang says:

    Maybe the driver is allergic to doc hairs?

  3. CP says:

    Now Jin Jing – the disabled athlete whose treatment in Paris sparked the Carrefour protests – is herself being targeted as a villain by the “nationalists”.

    She seems to have become a traitor because her conscience led her to point out that a boycott of Carrefour will harm the Chinese people who work there, and has received some pretty foul criticism as a result.

    If the Olympics becomes a full-on display of rampant xenophobic faux-nationalism along these lines, it’s going to cause more harm to China’s development in the eyes of the world than the T***t issue.


  4. Woaizhongguo says:

    Sue – Mais oui, exactement!

    Angie – Thanks for stopping by.

    Guan Yang – And allergic to French people.

    CP – I summised days ago that this was all getting out of hand and out of control. Next they’ll be protesters protesting about the protesters protesting about the protesters ….

  5. T. says:

    Sue – the no dogs and no chinese sign is largely a myth (from my hero Bruce Lee! kicking down the sign!)

    But there is an interesting article on danwei about it.

  6. Peter B says:

    I think Britain used to have ‘No Indians and no dogs’ many years back, but I don’t believe Chinese were ever singled out.

    Sarkozy has apparently invited Jin Jing back to Paris as a way of apologising for her treatment by the ‘protesters’. I don’t think that will happen any time soon.

  7. Peter B says:

    I just read your reply from yesterday Woai. Actually I’ve been stalking your blog through RSS for ages and never got around to commenting before. The 6300 story was an easy one to start on ;)

  8. Woaizhongguo says:

    T – really, it’s a myth? I was sure I’d seen an actual photo somewhere once.

    Well Peter B it seems Jin Jing may have to go into hiding in France now that she has fallen out of favour with the Chinese!

    I wish I knew how many people out there are actually lurking but not commenting. The log says about 150 unique visitors each day, except April 17th for some strange reason wehn it jumped to 384 and I am guessing that’s when lots of people Googled “Love China” and found me by mistake.

  9. Bill says:

    “T – really, it’s a myth? I was sure I’d seen an actual photo somewhere once.”

    Hint: It was on a Bruce Lee movie. It ought to be in a picture, or photo.

    “She seems to have become a traitor because her conscience led her to point out that a boycott of Carrefour will harm the Chinese people who work there, and has received some pretty foul criticism as a result.”

    She committed three criminal acts: 1) Have a conscience, 2) spoke her real feeling, and 3) used common sense.

  10. Sue says:

    Whether the sign is a myth or not, I am quiet sure, back then, there was some sort of discrimination to the chinese. Just cannot comprehend why they are doing the same this day and age. (T – thanks for the link, interesting!!!)
    At the end of the day, whether u go to heaven or hell, we all bleed the same.
    Its time to pass the dutchie!
    Peace out.

  11. Woaizhongguo says:

    Bill – Yeah, I forget that everything in the movies is based on real life :-)

    Commons sense? If there was more of it around, I’d be out of a job, so I ain’t complaining!

    Sue – Peace out? You can tell you’re a child of the 60s!

  12. Sue says:

    Woai – yep! the best year and you know it!

  13. Anna says:

    It’s like saying the French are on the same level as dogs. It’s a common saying in China if you want to dehumanize someone.

  14. I think postings like the one pictured commonly go along the lines of “no _________ (hated man/country) or dogs”

    During the days when the majority of the population was ignorant and unwelcoming many signs outside restaurants read “no Mexicans or dogs” and in the 1940s when the US mandated the Japanese-American internment camps legal, a lot of signs read “no Japs or dogs”

    Implies that the two are interchangeable, synonymous, one and the same.

  15. Woaizhongguo says:

    Anna / Something – I know the historical background, I was trying (and failed) to be witty by saying I understand why we hate French but why hate dogs who are obviously much better behaved than French people!

  16. Sue says:

    oooh, now thats just mean….guess u dun have any French readers.

  17. b says:

    This is typical Chinese mob behaviour and over-reaction.
    My question is, how would the taxidrivers enforce this rule if most of them can’t tell the difference between Western foreigners?

    re the dogs issue, the taxidriver probably doesn’t want feet that has trodded on China’s dirty, phlem-riddled footpaths to stand on the car’s clean upholstery.

  18. Woaizhongguo says:

    B – Of course they can’t tell a Scot from a Frog, apart from the kilt. But I think you’re missing the point – it’s just a form of protest to show their displeasure. I doubt they request to see identification before accepting the fare.

  19. Swiss James says:

    I saw some guys wearing t-shirts that had the MSN icon with (L)China on it this weekend.

    Wish I’d given them a cheery “Bonjour!”

  20. Woaizhongguo says:

    That would have been hilarious. I was playing pool Saturday night and there were two French guys on the next table being really annoying and trying to impress their (Chinese) companions even though they were SHITE – not once but twice, their cue ball bounced off the table and under ours. It took all my self control to not shout out:

    Vous etes tres SHITE monsieur!

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