A sign in a Beijing restaurant reads ‘We do not serve Japanese, Filipinos, Vietnamese and dogs’.
The group of photos were shot by a foreign reporter in Houhai Park in central Beijing on Feb. 26.
The sign reflects nationalistic sentiment among Chinese nationals against China’s neighbors which has territorial dispute with China.
Since last September when Japan provoked China with nationalization of the Diaoyu Islands (Senkaku in Japan) in East China Sea which are claimed by both countries but controlled by Japan, the Chinese anti-Japanese sentiment has further intensified.
Chinese also dislike the Philippines and Vietnam since both countries occupy part of the islands and reefs of the Nansha Archipelagos (or Spratley Archipelago) in South China Sea which are also claimed by China.
The phrase alludes to a sign in the Shanghai International Settlement which allegedly said "Chinese and dogs are forbidden here" in 1930s.
While some Chinese support the action of the Beijing restaurant, a slightly majority Chinese netizens post comments criticizing the restaurant as promoting extreme nationalistic sentiment and xenophobia. Some also doubt the restaurant just does publicity stunt to draw public attention to them so as to promote business.
“I support you! The owner of the restaurant has backbone!” commented a Netease user.
“This action is not called backbone at all! It is psychic masturbation! China is not lack of Boxers (Yihetuan)”, refuted another Netease user.
“I do not mean to disappoint the owner, I suppose Laowai never eat our pot-stewed food”, said Netease user 米米兰兰.