During a confrontation on the Toronto subway last Saturday, one woman was filmed shouting at an Asian nurse to “go back to China!”
The footage was shot and uploaded to YouTube by another commuter, Margaret Anthony, who witnessed the incident take place. In the 1-minute-long video, the young woman and the Asian nurse are seen grappling over a cell phone inside the subway cars with the woman apparently believing that the nurse had used the phone to film a video of her asking a man for a cigarette and demanding that the nurse delete that alleged video.
After the woman tells the nurse to “go back to China,” Anthony decides that enough is enough, pulling the emergency alarm and intervening in the struggling.
When Anthony threatens to call the cops, the young woman notices that she is being filmed and flees the scene with the nurse’s phone. The nurse and another commuter are seen chasing after her.
The culprit has since been arrested. It’s not clear if any charges will be pressed against her.
“When I heard the young girl yell ‘go back to China,’ I was furious because I’m half-Chinese, so the smartest decision I made was pulling that alarm,” Anthony told HuffPost Canada. “I couldn’t stand idly by and listen to her speak this way.”
Unfortunately, a number of people speak this way. Last June, another Toronto woman was filmed telling workers at a Chinese supermarket to “go back to China” for not being able to speak English. Earlier this year, a woman in California also told a Korean-American Air Force veteran to “go back to fucking China” while pulling back her eyelids.