The picture of a young Asian boy urinating in a trash can with his mother standing behind him and holding him. Many people are quick to say that it is a custom of China, saying that it is a cultural norm for them to urinate in public. Some of the people’s comments are shown below of how they firmly believe that it was people of Chinese heritage.
“Many forums also held questionable debates about immigrant behaviour and Chinese cultural norms. Social media users, including many who identified themselves as being of Chinese heritage, said they believed the woman and child in the photo were Chinese.
‘I knew they were Asian before I even clicked the link. This is a fairly common occurrence in China,’ wrote Reddit user LaunchThePolaris.
In many parts of rural China, the practice of young children going to the bathroom in public is deemed as widespread, with toddlers and babies wearing pants with slits rather than diapers, said Jonathan Manthorpe, a foreign correspondent who has lived and worked in the country.
‘A few years ago, they were living very rough lives of peasants. I’m sure all of your viewers who have travelled in rural China will see, as I have seen, in many places that the standards of toilets is very different,’ Manthorpe told CBC News.
Some people came forth and cleared the name of the Chinese cultrual, saying it has nothing to do with cultural norms.
“Since the photo went viral, one person has come forward claiming that the woman is their aunt and the young boy their cousin, and that the incident has nothing to do with cultural norms.
‘It’s amazing how people come to conclusions without knowing the full story,’ the individual wrote in an anonymous post on Reddit, who was using a temporary ‘throwaway’ account to “‘protect their identities.’
‘I think it’s a shame that people put race and culture as the main reason for peoples’ actions,’ the post continued.
The author wrote that their aunt noticed that their cousin had started to wet his pants without warning. The bathroom was too far away to prevent a bigger mess, and to avoid having him soaked in urine, she had no option but to use a garbage bin.
‘After seeing this picture go viral with top comments being about race, I’m realizing first-hand how discussions on Reddit can sound so convincing yet can be so damaging to people,’ the author wrote.