Kyo York poses with garbage bags dumped in front of a pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City despite a board asking people not to leave trash there. His Facebook post with the photo received different reactions from Vietnamese.
Kyo York should have known better.
The American man posted a photo of a pile of trash on a Vietnamese street on Facebook and made a few comments about the littering habit of many locals, only to become a new victim of cyberbullying.
On August 30, York posted the photo, asking people to stop dumping trash in public, especially in front of pagodas.
He commented, in near-perfect Vietnamese, that “most people seem to be saving their cultured sides just for the social networks.”
While some liked his post and praised him for telling the truth, many others were somehow offended by his criticism and began to insult him with all kinds of expletives.
Another photo captured at a national park in northern Vietnam that Kyo York posted on his Facebook page after someone told him people only litter when there's no trash bin.
They criticized York, 30, for “digging up bad things about Vietnam” and asked him to "shut up and go back to the US."
Some even went as far as bringing back history lessons and saying that Vietnam should be teaching the US how to do things, not the other way around.
York, who first came to Vietnam in 2009 as a volunteer English teacher and has pursued a singing career here, then posted another note to address those who attacked him online.
He said that the Vietnam War and the country’s littering problem are two different things and that he has no intention of comparing Vietnam with the US, which also has its own problems.
"If Vietnam does not have robbery, murder and terrorism, that's wonderful. But that does not mean people have the right to ignore public hygiene," he responded to a Facebook comment which was critical about the US.
His new post also came with another photo showing trash lying around and outside three trash bins at a national park in northern Vietnam.
“Eight out of ten Vietnamese people I see on the streets litter,” he concluded.