nationalistic blogger has sparked a colossal online kerfuffle of late by expressing his opinion that learning English is a huge waste of time for most Chinese.
On Sunday, the blogger, Hua Qianfang (花千芳), who has more than 1.5 million followers on Weibo, wrote that for the vast majority of people in China, English is a “garbage skill” which wastes money and resources while taking up too much of students’ time during their precious childhood years.
Hua went on to argue that those defending learning English were either industry insiders or “ideological slaves,” explaining that if you ever actually need anything translated to English, you can simply seek the help of professionals.
The post has since been deleted, but not before going viral on the Chinese internet, thanks mainly for having caught the attention of Wang Sicong, the tycoon son of one of China’s richest men. Having studied abroad himself, Wang mocked Hua for being so closed-minded, writing, “In the year 2019, there are still dumbasses who have never left China?”
Hua is now seeking an apology from Wang over the insult, though that appears unlikely to come. Meanwhile, public opinion on Weibo has turned decisively against Hua with many joining in to call him an uncultured “idiot.”
“If you don’t want your children learning English, that’s fine. Just don’t worry about the rest of us,” wrote one netizen. “Chinese literature, mathematics, physics, and chemistry all aren’t very practical, why not just lay down after you’re born?” commented another. “How am I supposed to shop online on foreign websites without English?” wrote one more.