Recently, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands complain that Chinese hoard their infant formulas and attribute to their infant formula shortages. Hong Kong netziens discuss the news passionately, as Mainland Chinese hoard infant formula as well as daily necessaries in Hong Kong.
“All Chinese Back to China”
Sina Finance reported that the infant formula shortage in the Netherlands has stirred up anti-Chinese sentiment.
The media of the Netherlands reported that supermarkets limit tins of infant formula a customer can buy. Some articles commented bluntly, “If (Chinese) they don’t nuke us back to the Stone Age, they can still starve us back to the period. Chinese please go back to China.”
The Dutch article from which Sina Finance quoted is “Chinezenprobleem: ze jatten ons babymelkpoeder“, Chinese problem: They Steal Our Baby Milk Powder. The actual comment is even blunter.
Nuken ze ons niet naar het stenen tijdperk, dan hongeren ze ons wel uit. Stop de Chinezering van ons melkpoeder! Alle Chinezen terug naar Chinezië!”
… Stop the China-isation of our milk powder! All Chinese back to China!
哑霉蝶: 我觉得荷兰货架对牛栏贴这种限购标签 肯定和我家的牛栏奶粉有很大关系
I think the purchasing limit label on the Dutch shelves must be closely related to infant formulas in my home
A smuggler grumbled on Weibo that the Dutch people are lack of tolerance.
N2c荷兰直邮: …”Starve back to the Stone Age!” This is really dark humour of the Dutch people. Homosexuality, red light district and euthanasia, they can tolerate. The accepting and calm Dutch people are pressed this time because the Chinese children are robbing food in the world.
On Jan 3rd 2012, Daily Telegraph (Sydney) put Chinese hoarding infant formula on the front page.
On Jan 18th 2013, German tabloid Bild reported German infant formula shortage in a very harsh tone.
Milchpulver-Notstand in Deutschland, wütende Mütter vor leeren Supermarkt-Regalen! „Milumil“ und „Aptamil“ vom Marktführer Milupa aus Hessen – kaum noch zu kriegen.
WEIL DIE CHINESEN UNS DAS MILCHPULVER WEGKAUFEN!
Seit dem Melamin-Skandal um verunreinigte Milch 2008 (580 Babys krank, eines tot) kaufen die Chinesen lieber deutsche Produkte – und räumen uns die Regale leer.
Milk powder-emergency in Germany – furious mothers stand in front of emptied supermarket shelves! “Milumil” and “Aptamil”, from the market leader Milupa of Hessen – hardly any of them available.
BECAUSE THE CHINESE BUY UP OUR MILK POWDER!
Since the Melamin-tainted milk scandal in 2008 (580 babies were sick. 1 dead), Chinese prefer to buy German product – and empty our shelves.
Even the URL of the report mentions the Chinese threat.
chinesen-trinken-unseren-babys-die-milch-weg (Chinese drink our babies’ milk away)
Like German tabloid Bild, their URL also reflects the same Chinese threat.
chinezen_jatten_babyvoeding = Chinese steal baby food
Locust Plague: (Mainland) Chinese Threat in Hong Kong
Wong: Here they come to Hung-Shui-Kiu of Yuen-Long
Place: Hung-Shui-Kiu Mannings…People: People who speak standard Mandarin…
Process: The truck of Mannings offloaded goods. 3 minutes late, all tins of infant formula sold… I’m fucking grateful that you make mothers here look for infant formula everywhere… I’m fucking grateful for you contribution to the economy… Fucking thank you
Ever since Individual Visit Scheme (for Mainland Chinese) began in 2003, Hong Kong retail industry has become completely Mainland-Chinese orientated, so much so that local customers are discriminated. Unique mom-and-pop stores and hole-in-the wall eateries that serve locals right are driven away by cosmetic stores, electronic stores, international luxury brands, jewelery stores and pharmacies.
You can’t accept this environment at all – Jewelery store, pharmacy, pharmacy, pharmacy
As Hong Kong dollar, which is pegged to the U.S dollar, depreciates, hoarding of infant formula, food and other daily necessaries exacerbates and causes inflation. The inflow of hot money leads to rent surge, driving out more small businesses and even local brands.
Last year September, netizens gathered together at Sheung Shui Station to protest against smuggling as it severely affects daily live. In the protest, “Chinese go back to China” and British Hong Kong flag appeared. To this date, netizens still hold protest against smugglers at Sheung Shui Station constantly.
Hong Kong Comments
Comment from columnist and scholar Chin Wan
The Netherlands, the founder of free trade, also has to limit purchase. From this, we can see that infant formula is regarded as strategic food for local babies instead of an ordinary product. Certainly, breast milk is the best baby food. However, due to problems like breastfeeding habit, working moms and public facilities, infant formula is needed as supplementary baby food. In Hong Kong, the tradition of breastfeeding is broken by infant formula. Therefore, the government should even do more to ensure the stable supply of infant formula.
Comment from columnist Ko Wai-yin
On the contrary, Hong Kong government, using the excuse that Hong Kong is a free port, ignores the infant formula shortage. Besides being incapable, Hong Kong government is even irresponsible and unethical.