I am a member of many animal groups here on dA. Earlier this year, a graphic video-clip on animal cruelty at a slaughterhouse in China had been causing furore in these groups. I refused to click on the link as I don't need to see animal cruelty to know it exists. As to be expected, many deviants have voiced their horror. But when the rhetoric starts cussing out the Chinese race, and when someone rants "IT'S ALWAYS THE ASIANS!!!!", I had to respond thus
"I am an Asian, and a Chinese, and also an animal lover who, in the past three decades, has opened her home and heart to more than 70 cats, half a dozen rabbits, etc. Among my personal friends are many animal lovers. My neighbours across the road have more than 60 cats, plus birds, dogs, etc. A neighbour down the street has 7 dogs. Another further down has 8 cats. A doctor friend has 62 cats at the last count. The list goes on. And all these animals are rescued, strays, or otherwise abandoned by their previous owners for whatever reasons. And I also know for a fact that Buddhist temples take in and care for stray cats and dogs.
I understand your outrage. I feel the same way. It doesn't take many rotten eggs to tarnish the reputation of a whole nation. There are many heinous crimes against children in the USA, but I don't rant against all Americans ... I know from my 4-year stay in California that most Americans are warm and kind, and are equally horrified by such crimes.
I am Asian, and proud of it.
I am Chinese, and proud of it.
I am a human, and proud of it.
I refuse to be ashamed of being any one of the above, just because there are those in this world who are less than scum."
People are fond of citing the numbers of animal-abuse cases in China to support their rhetoric, but they do not consider the statistics ... The world has 6.7 billion people, and 1.3 billion of these reside in China ... That means one in five humans resides there. Statistically then, it should be expected that one in five of any and all crimes occur in China.
I would like to clarify that in the incident described above, they did not rant at me personally; the rhetoric was in a journal on their page. In reply, they acknowledged that it was an over-reaction on their part to the animal-cruelty video. We had a very civil discussion, and we are cool.
Although it wasn't a rant at me personally, I felt I had to respond to that journal on their page ... Firstly, I felt their heart was in the right place (they are animal-lovers, afterall) and perhaps they were just too hasty to jump onto that bandwagon with all those others who were quick with condemnation of the chinese race, and asians in general. Secondly, if they really did think that badly of asians, then I wanted them to know us differently. Thirdly, such hate-filled and emotional rhetoric only give rise to more hate, as was obvious from the replies/comments to their journal.
As with all stereotyping, ignorance is the key factor. If people would get to know/befriend peoples from those "other" groups, be they asians or chinese or blacks or gays or of other religious beliefs or whatever, then there would be less of these verbal bashings.
There will always be stereotypes, for there is always ignorance.
We are all guilty of some form/level of stereotyping; but if we are at least aware of where that is coming from, we are better able to stop ourselves getting sucked further into that mind-set. In this instance, I cannot stand by quietly and not speak up ... it is an insult to the many asians I know in this asian country, who had devoted and are devoting their entire lives to animal rescue work.