A San Francisco-based professor has been slammed by people and authorities in China after sharing a picture depicting the country’s flag with an image of the coronavirus.
The flag also bore the word ‘coronavirus’ and a stamp reading ‘made in China’.
Shanghai-born professor Liu Yunjie, also known as Jay Liu, called the image ‘very appropriate’ after one friend questioned the decency of his post on Facebook, according to a report.
He replied in Chinese: ‘[The purpose] is to let the whole world know. Otherwise, they will shift the blame to America.’
Professor Liu Yunjie’s Facebook account is now restricted for viewing, but his controversial post was captured by Chinese outlet Beijing Daily , which reported the outcry yesterday
A picture on San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s website shows Prof Liu teaching a student
Professor Liu’s Facebook account is now restricted for viewing, but the controversial post was captured by Beijing Daily, which reported the outcry yesterday.
The news comes as Beijing and Washington lock horns in a new diplomatic row after US President Trump called the coronavirus ‘the Chinese virus’ three times despite official warnings from China.
It also comes as one of Prof Liu’s friends, American-Chinese violinist Jiang Yiwen, was sacked by a Chinese college after referring to Chinese people as ‘pigs’ in a social media reply to Prof Liu.
Liu is the Professor of Viola at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He also serves as the Associate Principal at San Francisco Symphony.
His original Facebook post shows a modified version of the Five-star Red Flag, which is the national flag of China.
First hit: Beijing has accused ‘certain American politicians’ of promoting stigmatisation by connecting the novel coronavirus with China after President Trump published the post on Twitter
Doubledown: Trump used the term ‘the Chinese Virus’ again despite being warned by China
China has expressed its ‘strong indignation and resolute opposition’ after US President Donald Trump referred to the coronavirus as ‘the Chinese virus’ in a tweet yesterday. President Trump is pictured speaking during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force on March 16
‘The United States should mind its own business first, and then make constructive contributions to the international counter-epidemic collaboration and the maintenance of the global public health safety,’ said Geng Shuang (pictured) from China’s Foreign Ministry
In the picture, the biggest of the five stars, which stands for the Communist Party, was replaced by an image representing the coronavirus. Four Chinese characters, translated as ‘made in China’, appeared next to the illustration of the virus.
Underneath the stars, the word ‘Coronavirus’ and a stamp reading ‘made in China’ were laid out.
The musician’s post sparked an outcry among Chinese social media users, who labelled him as an ‘er gui zi’, a derogatory expression for someone who betrays their own country.
On Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, one typical comment warned ‘don’t you come back’ while another person wrote ‘er gui zi are most hateful’.
The League of Chinese Orchestras, an organisation affiliated to the Chinese Musician Association, condemned Prof Liu’s behaviour, calling it ‘unappropriated’.
In a statement yesterday, the authority criticised him for ‘defaming and humiliating’ the Chinese flag.
MailOnline has reached out to Prof Liu and San Francisco Symphony for comments on the matter.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his use of the term ‘China virus’ to describe the coronavirus, saying ‘it’s not racist at all.’
Coronavirus fears have gripped the United States with multiple cities going into lock down. Young people wear protective masks while walking through Times Square in NYC on March 5
A man wearing a facemask as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan sits at a Hong Kong cruise terminal in February 2020
The president, repeatedly this week, has talked about the ‘China virus,’ a moniker that has been called racist. China expelled journalists from three major American news outlet in the wake of Trump’s words.
Trump, who started his Wednesday briefing by saying he had ‘important developments in our war against the Chinese virus,’ told reporters at the White House he used the description because the virus originated in Wuhan province of China.
‘It’s not racist at all. It comes from China, that’s why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate,’ he said during a press briefing.
‘I have a great love for all the people from our country, but as you know, China tried to say at one point that – maybe they’ve stopped now – that it was caused by American soldiers. That can’t happen. It’s not going to happen. Not as long as I’m president. It comes from China,’ he said.
Early Tuesday Beijing demanded ‘the U.S. side correct the mistake immediately and halt its groundless accusations’
American violinist gets sacked in China for calling Chinese people ‘pigs’
American-Chinese violinist Jiang Yiwen has been fired by a Chinese music college after using a pig emoji to represent Chinese people
An American-Chinese violinist has been fired by a music college in China after referring to Chinese people as ‘pigs’.
Jiang Yiwen made the comment while replying to a post from San Francisco-based viola professor Liu Yunjie on popular messaging app WeChat.
They were discussing a video interview regarding the American government’s policies towards the American Chinese, according to Chinese state media Global Times.
He used a pig emoji to represent people from mainland China.
Jiang reported wrote: ‘It is said those [pig emoji] inside the wall cannot watch it.’
He was referring to people living on the Chinese mainland, whose internet freedom is restricted by a cyber monitoring system known as the Great Fire Wall.
Jiang’s Chinese employer, The Tianjin Juilliard School, labelled Jiang’s remarks as ‘evil’.
The institute said in a statement today that it had dismissed Jiang with immediate effect.
Jiang also teaches at Montclair State University and The Bard College Conservatory of Music, according to the Bard College’s website.