An English blogger in Shanghai might have blogged himself into trouble. This person, who blogs here under the name Chinabounder, has had a blog for a couple of months already. But because he hosted it at blogspot, it was unavailable without a proxy until a few weeks ago (China unblocked blogspot.com accounts a few weeks ago). Therefore only a couple of people were following his blog through a proxy server on the mainland.
Chinabounder is an English teacher who likes to seduce former female students, and describes his sexual encounters quite graphically. He is a player, managing several girlfriends at the same time, and pretending to love all of them, but really doing it just for the thrill. This upset a lot of people, both foreigners and Chinese, but to make things worse he is now also including his personal political opinions in his blog. And these do not fit with the world view that most Chinese have, causing several people to start an online witchhunt for him.
The first one was a Chinese guy who set up whoischinabounder.blogspot.com. Lots of people left comments there with hints on who he could be, based on the descriptions in his blog. But things are now getting a bit out of hand, because Zhang Jiehai, a professor of psychology in the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences wrote a blog post about Chinabounder and is asking the ‘Chinese people’ to ‘find this foreign trash until we kick him out of China’. This blog post is widely circulating on the internet, and an EastSouthWestNorth provides a translation of the article. I hope for Chinabounder that he was smart enough not to provide real details about himself, or at least to start feeding the crowds with false information. But once the internet is trying to find you it will be very difficult to escape.
To be continued, I am sure.