I don't know whether I should put this topic up in an international forum but it doesn't seem to be helpful sharing with with people in my country and I just need to let it out.
This matter has been discussed, warned, brought up... many times before on TV, newspaper..., but it just seems to be worse and worse. It leads me and some other people hesitate to answer the simple question "Where are you from?" I don't know about others but personally I don't want to give the potential friend/business partner...a bad impression at the very beginning but I also don't want to lie.
To make things short, here's the situation:
That is from Omar Borkan Al Gala's fan page, one of the three Emirati men deported from Saudi Arabia for being deemed too handsome. Ever since the Vietnamese facebook users find his page, they continuously spam it with Vietnamese comments. FB only is popular in my country around 2010 and due to the way those people write, I hope they are mostly younger than 18, but I'm not sure. They assaulted his profile and also assaulted other people any time they want. Like that Korean girl. Some other Vietnamese apologize her after that, but there're still some like Ngo Quang asking people not to like her comment, and Thế Nguyễn saying something like: "sorry you feel bad but that's only 2 people and you assume all of us are barbarians? Who do you think you are? And you know what, they're from my country so even if they're idiots, I'm still by their side not yours. What the fuck would you do to me now?" And again, in Vietnamese. And they even use our flag as avatar (a national anniversary is coming and it's a Patriotic movements among FB users). It's like saying "Hey, I'm Vietnamese and I'm rude."
I know that's how it is on internet, people hiding behind the screens and be rude to each other through keyboard, then think they're heroes. But I haven't seen that amount of people from any other country making a mess like that. Just only the fact that they messed up the guy's page is bad enough, let alone insulting other people. I wish I could say it's rare and our people are actually nice. But as a Vietnamese myself I've been bullied in high school. It wasn't really terrible though, and those bullier were young and stupid. Yet, that was just within a small classroom, this is international and not even the first time.
You could google "Happy Polla" to see the same thing happened to her FB.
And I heard that some game services had banned Vietnamese IP for players swearing in Vietnamese and indecent English on chatbox, hacking, and other things that I don't understand because I'm not a gamer.
Those were just the cases I know. I haven't traveled out of my country alone (I mean without a tourguy) so I haven't met anyone in person who couldn't guess that I'm Vietnamese. But I have experienced online that when they knew I'm Vietnamese, they ran away. I couldn't blame them, here on E I also ran away from other people if their previous posts show me they isn't nice, their writing style doesn't fit mine...Maybe they have bad experienced or just here about us, I don't know but I'm sure they have bad impression about how we are.
Could you be honest and tell me what would you think if someone you first meet says they're Vietnamese?