Answered Sep 5
As an American, I would say we are probably tied with the British for worst tourists.
I don’t mean this in some abstract, American guilt way, where I say Americans other than me are the worst tourists. I include myself among these terrible Americans. Last time I traveled abroad I was drunk for over a week straight and did some things during that time which I won’t report for fear of making everyone hate me. Fortunately, I was in England and a good many of these things were done in the company of members of the native population. If I was in another country I would have really stuck out.
Sep 6 ? 6 upvotes
While I think you’re right that some of this has a racist element I think in many cases it can be explained merely in terms of different cultural values. For instance, in New York City, ironic as it might seem, stopping to take photographs of something in the middle of the sidewalk is easily considered more infuriating than two people literally fighting to anything but the death in an alley out of everyone’s way.
Emotionally I would actually be more enraged to see someone (Chinese or American) taking photos in the middle of the street than to see two guys sinking their teeth into each other as long as they were not in my way. So on an emotional level I might be inclined to view the Chinese as the worst since their actions tend to be more enraging.
By spreading negative perceptions of the Chinese, people will automatically think the Chinese must be doing something wrong in order to have “earned” such a perception. People will assume the Chinese deserve blame even when much of this negative perception is made up or manufactured.