A similar angry reaction met clips showing another returnee angrily demanding bottled mineral water from quarantine facility workers in Shanghai.
“They eat food from our bowl, yet turn on the motherland as soon as they stop eating. We don’t need to take them back,” wrote one user, garnering thousands of likes.
There is a widely held belief that international students see themselves as superior to their fellow citizens, said Yik-Chan Chin, a professor of media and communications at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.
This is often compounded by perceptions of the students’ extreme wealth and multiple nationalities, she said.
The vast majority of China’s 1.6 million outbound students are still overseas, according to the education ministry.
Many want to come back but face astronomical ticket prices and grueling multiple-transit flights, plus the increased risk of infection en route.
Beijing chartered a flight Monday to rescue some 200 overseas students left stranded in Ethiopia after their transfer flights to China were canceled last-minute, and another took off on Thursday to bring students back from the UK.
“I hope those you’re taking back are conscientious and patriotic, and not a group of ungrateful, China-hating wretches who are only concerned with living a life of luxury,” one user fumed.
However there has been some sympathy, especially as many overseas students donated medical supplies in the initial stages of the outbreak.
“Who emptied global supermarket shelves of protective supplies and sent them back to China? International students!” wrote the film director Lu Chuan in a Weibo post.