Coupled were denied entrance into the Chinese Maternity Hospital An Audio was released and it was of the Chinese officials asking them to refuse discrimination and state that the government treated them well
The ongoing sitution of Black racism in China was also witnessed this week when a video of a Ugandan couple that was denied entry in the hospital for a pregnancy scan circulated on social media. Chinese officials then tried to convince the couple to say that they had not faced discrimination and made them to record a video applauding the Chinese authorities for treating them well. The couple said a harassment and propaganda campaign was started by the Chinese officials against them has left them scared, stressed and worried.
The ungandian couple Derrick and Daisy, who live in China, appeared to be barred from entring the hospital in Guangdong province. Chinese authorities then tried to get the couple to deny the fact that they experienced racial discrimination.
Daisy and Derrick whose last names are being withheld to protect them have lived in China’s Guangdong province for nearly three years. Like others before them, the couple left their home country to look for greener pastures.
On March 29, Derrick, who is a kindergarten English teacher, took Daisy, who was 6 months pregnant, to a hospital for an ultrasound scan in Dongguan City, Guangdong province. The couple never managed to go pass the hospital staffer at the door in Derrick managed to record this on his cellphone the facility refusing services to Daisy.
The video begins with Derrick narrating as the couple was walking towards the entrance of the Dongguan Nanhua Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital. Derrick begin focus the camera and saying he was hoping they wont be turned away for service. “This is the place. Hopefully, they don’t send us away,” Derrick says this shortly after the video start as he and his wife cross the front courtyard toward the front doors.
At the door , they are met by a Chinese woman in scrubs and some protective gear who is at an outside kiosk just next to a door, where she is taking temperatures of everyone who wants to go inside the facility.
The couple meets this woman , who at first started speaking in Mandarin, and then asked in broken English if they speak Chinese. Derrick replies that they do not, and then they put their wrists forward to have their temperatures taken by a hand-held reader. The woman then tells the two to “wait” and she goes inside.
When the woman walks away Derrick start his narration again as he moves the camera back and forth from the kiosk to the staffer standing at the front counter. “So they are trying to say foreigners are not permitted in the hospital,” he says. “This is what I expected them to say.”
The hospital staff comes back within a minute and continues to try to talk with the couple using gestures and her native language. Derrick asks the employee if they aren’t permitted in because they are foreigners, and the woman seems to gave an answer in Mandarin. He went on to explain that his wife is pregnant and they want an ultrasound.
The four-minute video seems to say that the employee, who continues gesturing and speaking mostly in Mandarin, is not understand much, or anything that Derrick is saying. She responds to this second interaction with the couple by going back inside to the front counter, and Derrick alsoresumes his narration.
“Foreigners are not allowed inside the hospital,” Derrick would say again as the hospital employee worker had a second meeting with colleagues. When she comes back to the kiosk the employee continue speaking in Mandarin as Derrick explains in English what they want. He went on to ask if there was anyone at the hospital who could speak English, at which point the worker seemed to reply in gestures that a call or something like that was being made. Derrick and Daisy eventually gives up and begin to walk away from the video as the video ends.
Once the video of Derrick and his wide went viral on social media platforms like Twitter, Chinese authorities looked for the couple and took them to a different medical facility. Derrick said the government officials also asked them to record a video in which they should say they were not mistreated, and blame the incident to a misunderstanding due to a language barrier, they even went to the extent of promising them groceries.
“They first asked me to take the video off the internet, which I told them i can do that becausee ’it has already circulated everywhere now. They then took us to another hospital and we got a free pregnancy scan,” Derrick said in another video about his experience with Chinese authorities. “After we received service at the hospital they asked me to thank the government and refuse what happened to us previously and just say it was a simple misunderstanding. I refused to deny that so they went on to edit the original video and shifted the the blame on me for not understanding what the nurse was telling me.”
Derrick says he and Daisy did not get any free shopping, claiming authorities took them to the mall and made the couple pay for their own items. Derrick refused the request from authorities to record another video.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy in Kenya circulated an edited version of Derrick’s video when the couple were seen leaving the hospital they never got into and this video now had captions translating the hospital worker’s Mandarin and it was saying the the worker was asking Daisy to remain at the kiosk until an English speaker arrived. The Chinese Embassy to Uganda posted to Twitter a propaganda video of African people shopping, saying foreigners can shop freely without being harrased. According to Derrick, the video the government posted was taken in Guangzhou, instead of Dongguan where he and Daisy stay. “So basically they just wanted tojustify themselves but at my expense then after charge me with sedition.”
“China is attempting to reshape the world information environment with huge amount of money, funding paid-for advertorials, paid journalistic coverage and heavily massaged positive messages from boosters,” according to The Guardian. “While inside China the press is strongly controlled, abroad Beijing has decided to use the vulnerabilities of the free press to its advantage.”