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Woman Slapped and Forced into Car Trunk at Hebei Gas Station

Shocking footage that is making its round on China’s social media shows how a woman is beaten and forced into a car trunk at a gas station in Hebei. Weibo netizens are appalled with the incident and how it was dealt with – blaming existing traditional ideas on domestic violence being a private matter.

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Shocking footage that is making its rounds on China’s social media shows how a woman is beaten and forced into a car trunk at a gas station in Hebei. Weibo netizens are appalled with the incident and how it was dealt with – blaming existing traditional ideas on domestic violence being a ‘private matter’.

A Cangzhou regional Weibo media page (@沧州这点事儿) released a short video on June 9 on its social media channel that shows how a woman is forced into a car trunk by a man while bystanders are watching and filming the incident. The violent episode allegedly took place in China’s Cangzhou city (沧州) in Hebei province.

Although bystanders yell “don’t hit her”, the man continues to slap the woman and to force her into the trunk. He then shuts the trunk with force, while her hand is caught in between. The man then stands around for a bit before he returns to the driver’s seat. According to Cangzhou’s regional Weibo channel, the man then drove off.

The video has been shared hundreds of times on Chinese social media, with many netizens responding with shock and anger. “What is a woman’s worth? She is treated like a commodity”, one netizen says. “The man on the side does not prevent this from happening!” another Weibo user comments.

“AZ550 is his number plate,” one netizen responds: “Oh, China’s traditional concepts! Well, now the law has decided that violence between a husband and wife is illegal. And everyone should know this. However, under these circumstances, the woman should’ve called for help and should’ve pointed out a specific person to call the police. Just resisting without saying a single word is not helpful.”

“My heart feels heavy,” another person responds: “It seems like all people can do when faced with these sort of incidents is just to film it.”

“No matter if these people are husband and wife, under such circumstances, people should call the police no matter what, and definitely don’t let the car drive off. It is up to the police to find out the truth behind this matter,” one netizen writes.

Amongst the many things that netizens are questioning about this incident are (1) why the woman did not cry for help, (2) why the bystanders did not take more action, and (3) where the police were in this matter.

Traditional ideas about domestic violence being a “private matter” are also mentioned in this matter. Earlier this year, China launched its first law against domestic violence. As Li Mingshun, Party secretary and deputy president of China Women’s University, was quoted by China.org: “The ancient social orders that took family as a haven excluded from legal penalties no longer apply to a society which is governed by law and seeks to ensure equality and democracy to all of its citizens.”

But although domestic abuse has now become illegal by law, many say the punishment of those who break the law is still too light, which still makes domestic violence a big problem in China.

According to state media estimation, one in four married women in China have experienced some form of domestic violence, although the real figure may be much higher, since many women do not report cases of abuse. Due to the new law, victims of domestic abuse can go to court to seek a restraining order, which could potentially force the abuser out of the home. But critics say the legislation still doesn’t go far enough. “Getting a marriage certificate is like a no-guilty-medal, it lets you get away with anything,” one netizen remarks.

For now, China’s official media report that any further details of this story are yet “unknown”.

For update June 10, see: Woman Forced into Trunk of Car: “I Won’t Press Charges”

– By Manya Koetse

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Online Anger over Inappropriate Toast by Dutch Watch Brand Executive at Chinese Dinner Party

This is how NOT to do a toast in Dutch!

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Instead of teaching guests at a Chinese dinner party how to say “cheers” in Dutch, this viral video shows how the Chinese are told to join in saying “dikke lul,” the Dutch expression for “big d*ck.”

UPDATE: FYI – the videos relating to this incident have been taken offline after the publication of this article. There are no active video links in this article.

The Amsterdam-based watch & jewelry brand Rosefield has recently come under fire within the Chinese community in the Netherlands after a video went viral showing Rosefield’s CEO and its Head of Sourcing proposing an unusual toast at a Chinese dinner party.

The video, that was viewed over 173,000 times on Dutch site Dumpert.nl, shows a woman in a white blouse bringing out a toast, saying:

In Dutch, we say ‘ganbei’ or ‘cheers’ in this way, and it would be nice if you all can say the same, we say: ‘dikke lul.‘”

The people at the table then proceed to toast saying “Dikke lul” – which, in fact, is not the Dutch word for ‘cheers’ but for ‘big dick,’ something that the Chinese people at the table are seemingly not aware of.

On WeChat, Chinese-language newspaper Asian News (华侨新天地) reported about the video and identified the Dutch woman and man at the table as the CPO and CEO of Rosefield Watches, a fast-growing luxury brand that is active in various countries.

Asian News describes the incident as a way of “ridiculing Chinese friends,” and writes it has triggered anger online.

Asian News (华侨新天地) is a Chinese language newspaper founded in 1992. It is mainly distributed in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Its WeChat account has some 120,200 followers, and the post on the ‘cheers’ video was among its most-well read on WeChat this week.

The blog post noted that ever since the ‘dikke lul’ video has gone viral in the Netherlands, it has become one of the first results showing up when searching for the vulgar expression ‘dikke lul’ on Google.

Although it is not clear where the video was filmed and how it ended up on short video site Dumpert, it is rumored in WeChat groups that it was recorded during the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair earlier this month, and that the Chinese guests are business relations of the Dutch brand (unconfirmed).

The comment section on the Dumpert site shows that although some Dutch commenters think the video is funny, there are many who find it “vulgar,” “rude,” and “distasteful.”

Although many (overseas) Chinese expressed anger in various WeChat groups – some expressing regret over a Rosefield watch they recently purchased – the Asia News blog does remind readers that we do not know the context of the video, and whether or not there was a certain pretext or common understanding to the joke.

Nevertheless, the blog states, this kind of behavior is not professional and if a company such as Rosefield wants to earn money in China, “it should also respect Chinese culture and people.”

Although there have been ample discussions about the controversial video on Wechat, there are no online discussions about this issue on Weibo at the time of writing.

Over the past year, many foreign brands became a focus for controversy in China.

In November of 2018, Italian fashion house D&G faced consumer outrage and backlash on Chinese social media for a video that was deemed ‘racist’ to China and for insulting remarks about Chinese people allegedly made by designer Stefano Gabbana.

Swiss investment bank UBS sparked controversy in June for a column which mentioned “Chinese pigs.”

Over this summer, various foreign companies apologized to China for listing ‘Hong Kong’ as a separate country or region on its websites and/or t-shirts.

Still curious about how to actually say ‘cheers’ in Dutch? It’s ‘proost’ and this is how you pronounce it correctly.

By Manya Koetse

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This Is the BBQ Restaurant Jack Ma Visited in Zhengzhou

Jack Ma’s late-night snack means overnight success for this Zhengzhou skewer place.

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Whatever Jack Ma does or says makes headlines in China. The superstar Alibaba founder has especially been a topic of discussion over the past week since his meeting with Tesla’s Elon Musk at the World AI Conference in Shanghai, where the two billionaires had a discussion about the risks and rewards of AI development.

But on social media platform Weibo, Chinese netizens have not just been discussing what Jack Ma has been saying over the past few days – what he has been eating has also become a topic that has attracted thousands of views and comments this week.

A BBQ skewer restaurant in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, gained overnight fame after a visit from the business magnate and his group. The Alibaba delegation visited Zhengzhou for a meeting concerning a strategic partnership between Alibaba and the local government.

Jack Ma visited the barbecue skewer restaurant around one o’clock in the morning, and was photographed and filmed by many people standing around.

Ma visited Dehua Pedestrian Street and Zhengdong New Area before arriving at the Zheng Xiwang restaurant. Ma was with a small group of people and spent a total of 700 yuan (around 100 US dollars).

Grilled skewers are popular all across China, but especially in the Zhengzhou region, which is also nicknamed the “holy land of skewers.”

Image via Dianping.com.

The Zheng Xiwang restaurant visited by Ma was founded in 1991 – although it was just a street stall at the time – and has been thriving ever since.

Besides skewers, Jack Ma allegedly ordered stir-fried Hunan prawns and spicy clams.

As Ma’s visit to Zhengzhou and the restaurant has gone viral, some social media users write that they have also visited the restaurant immediately after, sharing photos and their receipts as proof.

Weibo user Jia Chengjun (@贾成军) from Henan shared photos of people lining up to get a table at the popular restaurant.

According to various reports on Weibo, the restaurant’s owner initially offered Jack Ma the dinner for free, but the billionaire refused and paid anyway. His payment method will not come as a surprise; he paid with Alibaba’s online payment platform Alipay.

“Why would you offer him a free meal anyway?” some netizens wondered: “He surely has more money than you!”

Curious to try the same food as Ma? Zheng Xi Wang is located at the intersection of Fuyuan Street and Yingxie Street in Zhengzhou (福元路与英协路交叉口向西160米路北(银基王朝南门)).

By Manya Koetse

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