Sun Yang, A Double Standard and Perhaps Sinophobia

 

There was the case of the Chinese swimmer, Sun Yang, who was labelled as a drug cheat by the Australian media. What’s more, Sun Yang was not just a drug cheat but he also labelled as a bully. Of course this flared up tensions with the Chinese people.

It’s hypocrisy for Australians to call out the Chinese from a high horse after their very own swim team admitted to doping in 2012. Also let’s look at Darren Kane’s article on double standards, which really explains the how unfair the media has been towards Sun Yang.

Perhaps Yang got off comparatively light, but he didn’t escape punishment. Consider then this conundrum: why is Yang roundly pilloried, yet Cilic can compete at the same Games in the bubble of “tranquility” (whatever that means) idealised by the IOC? Neither Cilic nor Yang were found to have doped intentionally. – Darren Kane, SMH

Kane was talking about how Cilic had taken drugs in similar circumstances to Sun, yet Sun was crucified by the media and Cilic was able to compete untarnished. Is it fair? or is it Sinophobia?

Then there’s the French Swimmer, Camille Lacourt, who also accused Sun Yang of cheating and followed it up with this tasty line:

I don’t like being beaten by a Chinese – Camille Lacourt

Of course, not all people are attacking Sun Yang are due to him being Chinese but this type of discrimination exists. As a Chinese person, I’ll say it. People think I am inferior, you can feel it, they make comments about Made in China goods and how Chinese people just copy others. It’s a sad state for Chinese cultural power, since people either don’t know that China can produce high quality products or that many of the world’s inventions were created by the Chinese, but honestly, the point is, Sinophobia exists.

Yes, the Chinese attack on Mack Horton’s instagram was wrong and childish but honestly, the comments I saw on social media. The stuff in regards to how ‘all Chinese’ are cheaters, how we have a cheating culture. That hurts you know. It’s like also though Australia conveniently forgets that one in twenty Australians have some Chinese heritage.

I mean, how can you judge the morality of 1.3 billion people over the actions of a few, even if you think Sun Yang was in the wrong?

 

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