3 days ago, a video of David Dao being dragged off a United Airlines flight like a lit match on a pile of kindling and put America in aflame situation. In the meanwhile, this breaking news spread massively in global social media community, especially in China.
There are bunch of related news inevitably accompanied by overwhelming angry comments in both Wechat and Weibo, the most popular social media tools in China mainland. When I browse popular articles, I noticed that numbers of people tend to concerning the key question: when passengers were chosen at random, why is he? an Asian? Dao, a Chinese-Vietnamese doctor, he also reportedly shouted, “I’m being selected because I’m Chinese.” when it comes to here, the topic and point has largely shifted and transferred towards other more complicated and serious issues——-Racism, Identity, Human Right.
I can totally understand why Chinese community are so angry about that. There are couples of reason behind get strong resentment. The most significant one is blurry truth. Generally speaking, the public don’t have directly access to the event itself, most of them are informed with unofficial news accompanied by irrational rumors and comments. We can’t expect public to keep clear mind to take responsibility to convey truth via internet. Just as Le Bon claimed in his book The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind that there are several characteristics of crowd psychology: “impulsiveness, irritability, incapacity to reason, the absence of judgement of the critical spirit, the exaggeration of sentiments, and others…”. In addition, I want to say, as a student with both news and communication background, I know exactly fundamental principle news report let alone official news editors and reporters. Some of them dispute subjective reporting, distort fact regardless of truth and . For example,Business Insider said :”…The notion goes back to the late 19th-century reformer and utopian philosopher Kang Youwei, who called for the “white and yellow races” to come together to dominate and exterminate the black and brown…” It is absolutely wrong word based on my Chinese history knowledge.
On the other hand, unconfident recesses also share the strong angry. We all know, with rapid economic progression since 1979 the reform and opening-up policy, China try to be a responsible international member not only in economic and politic side but also in culture-related field. Just as Trump, Xi meeting declaration, two counties should keep good economic relationship. Trump predicted aboard Air Force One that “China will be stepping up” to help the US put a stop to North Korea’s nuclear program. Unfortunately, diplomacy level hand shake doesn’t mean friendly atmosphere insides. As a Chinese, some friends of mine they aren’t so confident. Even though, they are well-off materially. In the recesses of public mind, they are inclined to assume world recognition as more important part than affluence. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, “physiological”, “safety”, “belonging” “love”, “esteem”, “self-actualization” are all necessary elements for success. They need to be approved by the people from others countries. Dating back to 19th century, the Mode of thinking of the Chinese nation in modern times had a change after the Sino-Japanese War as the national crisis grew more serious. Combining with Chinese Dream aiming at national rejuvenation, some people usually regard themselves both physically and psychologically as the weaker. Therefore, they are sensitive with those similar affairs. Unpleasant subtext go viral within this context.
From my perspective, United issue is more like a public relations crisis rather than a national-identity related event. It is unnecessary to attached so complicated meaning behind certain occasional issue. However, it is only my personal limited insight everyone could have their own perspective towards that.