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China discriminating foreigners after most new COVID-19 cases are brought by inbound travelers

When Covid-19 outbreaks initially started in China, it has led to some racist attacks on Chinese people (and other Asians) around the world. Recently the spread of Covid-19 is picking up speed in Europe, the United States and other regions, the outbreaks in China seem to be under control. China reported only a few cases every day and most are imported cases (inbound travelers from overseas). Now there are more and more restaurants and stores reopening to the public, but foreigners in China found that they are not allowed to enter some places just because they are not Chinese.

One guy posted online that he was discriminated by Chinese people as he is a foreigner: People around him tried to keep distance from him in the metro

A Chinese Australian woman lost her job and ordered to leave China after breaking quarantine rules

China takes its coronavirus quarantine measures seriously and recently a Chinese Australian woman in Beijing was fired from her job (department head of Bayer China) and ordered to leave China as she broke Coronavirus quarantine rules.

A video online showed this Chinese Australian woman went jogging and breached coronavirus quarantine rules. In this video, she was arguing with a community worker who tried to persuade her to stay at home. She has Australian passport and recently came to Beijing with work permit on Mar.14.


The Woman: I need to go running. I need to work out. If I fall sick, who will take care of me? Will you come?


Community Worker: If you go out again, we have to call the police. You are not supposed to leave home in 14-days self-quarantine, and you even went without mask!


The Woman: I will do whatever, fxck off! Help! Help! Someone is harassing me!


Community Worker: I am working for this community, and it is the rule from local government.


The Woman: Fxck off! (shut the door)


Later on, two police officers showed up at her door, and tell her to comply with quarantine measures.


Police Officer: No matter if you’re Chinese or a foreigner, you have to comply with the law of the People’s Republic of China. You can only go out after 14 days of quarantine. This is to protect yourself and to protect others.


People found her LinkedIn page and she is working for Bayer China 人们找到了她的领英账户,显示她目前就职于拜耳中国

On Mar 17, Bayer confirmed the woman is their employee, and she has been fired according to relevant rules.


Beijing’s public security bureau hold a press conference on Mar 19. The city’s immigration authorities had revoked the woman’s work visa and told her to leave China


People are queuing up around the world amid Coronavirus outbreak

This video shows the different reasons why people queue up around the world amid Coronavirus outbreak.

People were queuing up for miles to buy masks in Daegu, which is the epicenter in South Korea.
Dutch people were queuing up to stock up on weed before a nationwide shut down
Panicked shoppers were queuing up outside a toilet paper factory in Melbourne, Australia.
People line up to buy guns all over the US.

The Coronavirus outbreak is almost under control in some of the Chinese cities, then what will they queue up for? Video starts from 0:55.

Wuhan transported food to quarantined residents with garbage truck

On March 11, some pictures and videos went viral on Chinese social media platforms



Meat and other food supplies for residents of Wuhan were transported by garbage trucks. The pork in plastics bags were dumped to the ground by the garbage truck.

Since January 23, Wuhan has been on lockdown for over one and a half months. Recently the officials have set an even more strict rule that residents are not allowed to go out of their compounds. People of Wuhan have to make bulk orders for food and other necessities.


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These orders are supposed to be distributed by the government and sold to people with lower fair prices, while these batches of food (meat & vegetables) have been transported by garbage trucks



Many people commented on Chinese Twitter (Weibo) and were deeply disappointed by it. They asked: “Will the officials from local government eat this pork?”



The resident who picked up the pork said “it stinks”



The community staff claimed that the garbage trucks have been washed and disinfected and that there is a shortage of trucks


People are arguing with community staffs



(from 1:02)

Community Staff: You should give us the chance to correct this mistake
(of using garbage trucks)

Resident: I can give you another chance (to correct the mistakes),
But who will give me a chance to stay alive?
(insinuating that they might have been poisoned)

Resident: Why did you decide to use garbage trucks for food?

Community Staff: That was not our call

Resident: So who decided it then?

(No response)

The community posted an apology letter later that night, that they transported 1000 bags of pork which 530 ones have been delivered. They will recall all the pork that has been delivered and will send the same quantity of new pork again tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, the local government has announced that two officials from the district were fired and further investigation will be conducted. The deputy district mayor will also be reviewed by the local government.


Video online shows angry people fighting with community staffs


People have been uploading more cases of transporting food with garbage trucks, garbage bins and other unsanitized carts on the internet. Obviously, these are not food-grade containers and probably will cause food safety issues. Yet the local government has not released any response regarding these other cases.



Someone even posted online that he was transported back home after quarantine with a garbage truck modified to look like a bus.

Volunteer in the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Last week, I volunteered in the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and worked as a representative for the OAC and the university. The University of Guelph display also showcased the cutting-edge research, e.g. bioproducts, animal welfare and biodiversity.

The role of my partner and I is greeting visitors and answering general questions about the OAC and its program. And we interacted with many students and their parents, who were interested in the OAC, and the alumni who were excited to see their alma mater in the fair.

As these high school students and their parents, the main questions focus on “what are the admission requirements for a specific program” and “I want to be a vet”. For the first question, the answer is to see the admission book for more information because these requirements vary by program. Then for the second question, the doctor of veterinary medicine requires at least three years of an undergraduate science, and it’s extremely competitive, so you should keep your marks high during that time, and then apply for it.

I worked for three days; it’s really fun and challenging. This is a picture of me in the fair below.

Fruit and Vegetable London

A photographer Carl Warner and his team has recreated London’s iconic skyline using 26 different types of fruit and vegetables, for example, the Houses of Parliament.   (From: link

These are the excellent works:

London's Tower Bridge made from runner beans, celery, pineapple and Shredded Wheat

The London Eye made from radishes, runner bean, rhubarb and a lemon

London's skyline has been recreated using fruit and veg as part of a promotional campaign