[Explanation] At the beginning of the outbreak of the new crown epidemic in 2020, a video shot by the German Toby cheering on China's fight against the epidemic and refuting the stigmatization of German media made him a "net celebrity" in China.
A year later, Toby shot another video, pointing out that a certain German publishing house had improperly described the traceability of the new crown virus in a children's book, which also caused enthusiastic responses.
A few days ago, a reporter from China News Agency interviewed Toby again via video connection.
[Explanation] Toby, who once studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing, speaks fluent Chinese. He currently lives in Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany. His wife is from Shanxi, China.
Talking about the filming of "The Origin of the Virus in China!
Is this a children's book or a children's poison?
"The origin of ", Toby said:
Netizens know that my wife is Chinese.
My daughter Lea is 4 years old now. She is half German and half Chinese.
My daughter is going to kindergarten this fall. I don't want her to be discriminated against because of her background.
However (due to the expression in the children's book) this kind of thing is easy to happen in kindergarten, because children may be very naughty, which will ruin the daughter's childhood.
[Commentary] Toby is pleased that the video has received support from netizens all over the world after the release of the video.
Before Toby released the video, the Chinese in Germany also expressed their protests to the publishing house, and the Chinese Consulate in Hamburg also made solemn representations.
On March 5, the publisher that launched the children’s book apologized to the injured readers and stated that the description of the novel coronavirus traceability in the book was inaccurate. The book will be removed from the shelves, recalled, and destroyed, and prepared for revision. Republished after the words.
Regarding the stigmatization of the cover report of "New Coronavirus Made in China" by Der Spiegel in Germany, one year after the stigmatization of the cover report, "New Coronavirus comes from China" still appeared in children's books, Toby believes:
In the circle of my friends and acquaintances, there are many people who have been to China, have Chinese friends, and know a lot about China. They have their own observations and thinking about China.
But on the other hand, there are also people who have never been to China or even eat authentic Chinese food.
(Prejudice against China) undoubtedly involves problems in the formation of ideas and public opinion, which cannot be solved overnight. There is a lot of work to be done.
I am willing to do my best.
I hope that our next generation can live in a world without prejudice.
[Commentary] During the interview, the reporter also chatted with Toby about two other German videocasters of "Internet celebrities"-Afu and Robber.
Toby believes that what he and them do is to bridge the gap between Germany and China, to show the true appearance of the Germans to the Chinese audience in a very objective and "straightforward" way, and to promote mutual understanding and transmission between the two sides. know how.
I also love watching videos of Ah Fu and Robber, and I am a big fan of them.
What I do with them is to bridge the gap between Germany and China, which is very important work.
We are very objective and "straightforward" showing the true appearance of the Germans to the Chinese audience, which promotes mutual understanding between both parties.
At the same time, knowledge is passed on.
[Explanation] Right now, Germany is experiencing the third wave of the epidemic. Toby's greatest wish is to return to China as soon as possible, visit relatives and friends, and taste delicious food.
I miss my family in Germany and China. I have not been to China for 3-4 years. I miss the people in China.
I hope I can return to China as soon as possible, visit relatives and friends, and taste delicious food, especially dumplings.
I look forward to it and believe that this day will come soon.
Reporter Peng Dawei reports from Germany
Editor in charge: [Liu Xian]