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Chinese hurl 'Nazi' epithets at German Expo pavilion in Shanghai

The Local · 18 May 2010, 10:42

Published: 18 May 2010 10:42 GMT+02:00

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The Chinese visitors at the world fair have repeatedly tried to muscle their way into Germany’s €50-million exhibition structure after hours of standing in line, causing the Germans to send a letter of protest to expo organisers demanding additional security, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

“I have personally observed workers at our pavilion suffer unbearable behaviour from the visitors, including shocking insults and physical attacks,” general commissioner for the German pavilion Dietmar Schmitz wrote on May 2.

He has not received an answer from the Chinese, he told the paper.

The skirmishes reportedly began on one of the first days of the expo, which runs from May 1 to October 31. On that day a long line of people, including some in wheelchairs, became enraged with delays and began tearing flowers out of the ground and throwing them at the pavilion.

Some shouted "na cui, na cui," which the paper said was Chinese for “Nazi, Nazi,” Schmitz confirmed.

“I don’t think the Chinese even know what they shouting,” Schmitz he told the paper.

Workers at the German site have called Chinese emergency services on several occasions to break up fights and control the crowd, press spokeswoman Marion Conrady told the paper, adding that for several days more security forces have been patrolling the area.

Such skirmishes have also occurred at the English and Swiss pavilions, the paper said.

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In the meantime, the German pavilion instituted a new ticket system for those in wheelchairs to bypass long lines.

The theme of the exposition is “Better City – Better Life,” and is the most expensive in world fair history. More than 190 countries are taking part.

Germany’s pavilion is called “Balancity,” which is meant to signify a city in balance with “renewal and preservation, innovation and tradition, urbanity and nature, community and individual development and work and leisure” through thematic urban spaces.

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12:38 May 18, 2010 by Hebbellover
Hah, this is so rediculous. Chinese calling Germans Nazis, boy talk about the pot, "calling the kettle black." From all that I read I would expect this type of behavior directed at the World's Great Satan, but I guess in the end it really does not matter.
12:55 May 18, 2010 by majura
German's are (naturally) sensitive about the use of the word 'Nazi' whereas people the world over aren't.

Anyway, these queue issues in China aren't new. Anyone that knows anything about Chinese mentality should've expected impatient selfishness.
15:46 May 18, 2010 by Jasmine33
Hebbellover: World's Great Satan? You mean they have an Expo about the atrocities of Adolf Hitler?
16:06 May 18, 2010 by wood artist
In a society so heavily regimented, I'm surprised by the behavior. However, waiting in line is probably a sure way for frustration in a country where abundance exists only in the population numbers. I'm sure the folks at the back of the line assume they will get left behind on the "goodies."

I can't speak for China, but the word Nazi is pretty well understood throughout the world, and it usually isn't used lightly. If they're using it in connecting with the German pavilion I suspect they know exactly what it means.

16:14 May 18, 2010 by auniquecorn
Good one El Jeffo, thats gotta be it.
17:54 May 18, 2010 by Zlik
In my opinion RainyDays comment makes the most sense. Plus I like o add my 2 cents, It is a word uttered to get attention, and then ,please hear our pleas.
18:43 May 18, 2010 by Henckel
It's laughable for the Chinese to call German Nazis when one thinks of the 60 million Chinese who died during the 27-year rule of Mao Zhe-dong (Mat Tse-tung).
18:46 May 18, 2010 by wxman
Come on Hebbellover, think the 1920s in Germany. History shows how deep and vitriolic the hate has always been between the National Socialists and the Communist Socialists. This intra-socialist hatred is as old as time. Move along, nothing to see here.
19:00 May 18, 2010 by Hebbellover

Hebbellover: World's Great Satan? You mean they have an Expo about the atrocities of Adolf Hitler?

No I was talking about the United States.
20:28 May 18, 2010 by marimay
They will try to steal all of Germany's design and everything else anyway. Losers.
21:06 May 18, 2010 by grazhdanin
Isn't queuing up something typical German? East German heritage! I guess they arranged this on purpose, in order to remind people of that facet of German history. (Joke.)
00:48 May 19, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Those inscrutable Chinese.... I guess world economic domination isn't enough for them. They have to provoke a cultural war, too.

How about a global boycott on all their exports?
03:34 May 19, 2010 by hanskarl
"How about a global boycott on all their exports? "

Er..............Walmart and Costco in the US would be crushed in a month.
04:24 May 19, 2010 by Jasmine33
Hebbellover: I know what you meant, that you were referring to the US. I just can't help myself sometimes, I get this silly notion to say silly things.
05:03 May 19, 2010 by wetdawg~
In any other language NAZI is simply translated RED CHINESE!
14:59 May 19, 2010 by Prufrock2010
hanskarl --

"Walmart and Costco in the US would be crushed in a month."

And that would be a bad thing?
22:20 May 19, 2010 by wxman
It would be for those people on a fixed income who want to have decent products at an affordable price. But yeah, for the elite class not so much.
01:31 May 20, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I think it will be a far worse thing if western consumers continue to buy Chinese exports to save a few euros or bucks. The Chinese cash reserves are approaching 3 trillion dollars, which gives them not only extraordinary political leverage to influence (read: intimidate) other nations' sovereign political decisions by buying sovereign debt and investing in foreign infrastructures, such as in South Asia.

The Chinese system is quite simply totalitarian capitalism, a top down capitalist monopoly that answers only to the Party. The advantage they have is a virtually limitless labor force (including prison labor) who work for practically nothing, and a government that controls all exports and imports while keeping its currency artificially undervalued. and its people impoverished. The Washington consensus has been replaced by the Beijing consensus, and all the industrial nations in the world are falling all over themselves to emulate that paradigm. The Chinese are literally going to own most of the world in your lifetimes if this trend continues.
03:02 May 20, 2010 by sigfus45
majura is far too polite in commenting, "German's are (naturally) sensitive about the use of the word 'Nazi' whereas people the world over aren't.

Anyway, these queue issues in China aren't new. Anyone that knows anything about Chinese mentality should've expected impatient selfishness. "

People in China are so used to large numbers of people that a thought of personal responsibility is not present. Behaviour, by western standards, is aggressive, corrupt, and mob mentality rules. Don't bother going to China if you cannot stand contstant criticism and loud obnoxious people.
06:52 May 20, 2010 by Thames

I can't believe it but I agree with you!

Miracles do happen.
14:16 May 20, 2010 by Talonx
@ wxman

You either have some sort of memory problem, learning disability, or fluent dyslexia (you can write, but not read). Mindblowing how often you push points which all of history denies, points which you have been correct on before.
01:36 May 21, 2010 by hanskarl

And that would be a bad thing?

No, it would be an absolutely wonderful thing.

"The Chinese system is quite simply totalitarian capitalism"

I agree with you.
10:49 July 2, 2010 by janny_us
I happened to see the report and read it, and feel that there must be some misunderstanding here.

As a native Shanghai people, I think the world mentioned in the report is "Ce Na" pronounced in the local dialect of Shanghai. It is a swear word, but has no clear meaning. The use of the word in Shanghai dialect is almost similar to "" in English. Some people, espeicially those with lower education, are quite often to use the word to show their complains or impatience.
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