By Ma Huaqing
Anti-Japanese fervor is running high in China at the moment due to the ongoing Sino-Japanese dispute over the ownership of the Diaoyu Islands. So it’s not surprising that evidence of a student with the unlikely (but highly topical) name of “Fuck Japan” (Cao Riben, 操日本) has gone viral.
The student in question is apparently a freshman at the Polytechnic Institute of Jiangxi Science & Technology Normal University. On September 9, Sina Weibo user “Jiangxi Undergraduates Online”(@江西大学生在线) posted photo of a class register, which included private information such as the student’s hometown, gender, Student ID Number, and the xenophobic name itself:
There is a Year One freshman undergraduate named Fuck Japan, and he was already famous even before he came!!! Heard that he was from Changjiang No.1 Middle School in Jingdezhen…
The post quickly went viral across the Chinese web and newspapers such as Tianfu Morning News even carried reports about Cao Riben. Some Weibo users predictably found this anti-Japanese sentiment hilarious:
I must say the local police officers must be very patriotic, because names that are too exaggerated are not usually permitted.
While many netizens indulged themselves in some amusement at Japan’s expense, others were more disapproving of the name and the attention it had attracted:
This kind of obscene patriotism is intolerable.
The surname Cao (操) is believed to derive from the ancient warlord Cao Cao (曹操). During the Three Kingdoms period, the Jin (晋) state set about wiping out the Caowei (曹魏) royal family. Cao Cao instructed his grandsons to change their surname from 曹 (Cao) to 操 (Cao). The ploy must have worked, as it is estimated that there are at least 100,000 people with the family name Cao in China today.
However, all this unexpected attention and online fame seems to have fucked Cao Riben more than anyone else. He has reportedly withdrawn from his course (he was due to study Mathematics and Applied Mathematics) in order to repeat his final year of high school. The Weibo user responsible for the original post has apologised to the student and the Polytechnic Institute of Jiangxi Science & Technology Normal University for any harm he caused, but the university is continuing an investigation into whether Fuck Japan’s withdrawal was as a result of this incident in order to “uphold justice for the student”.