CNN has reported that a 15 year old Chinese tourist defaced the 3,500 Luxor temple in Egypt by writing "Ding Jinhao was here" on a sculpture. After a huge Internet backlash in China, the young man's parents issued a public apology. The report, however, expresses that some Chinese citizens are concerned that this act is an embarrassment for the Chinese "race", particularly in a moment when China is calling on it's nation's tourist to behave better.
The racial and national politics of this story are amazing. After reading the CNN article, a friend said, "This has nothing to do with the fact that homeboy is Chinese...the Romans did this all over Egypt and that was pretty gross, too."
Not so fast. Can we really compare a 15 year old to Roman conquest? And doesn't the fact that this young man is Chinese have everything to do with the public attention focused on this event?