Chinese Academy of Sciences sacks foreign employee for racist speech Published: 2019/11/6 0:34:51

Photo: Sina Weibo

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on Thursday dismissed a foreign employee after the man was found to have posted racist comments on social media. 

The Automation Institute of the CAS announced it had terminated the employment contract of Mark Kolars, reportedly from Austria. Kolars was found to have posted racist posts on his LinkedIn account on Tuesday. 

According to screenshots that went viral, Kolars posts read, "not racism, just don't like dirty yellow guys, talking trash all day long…"  "they [Chinese people] can improve by diversifying their existing gene pool by blending with other races and naturally enhancing their offspring" and "Europe is a benchmark which China will never reach. Not smart enough. Inbreeding for too long."

Kolars' LinkedIn account is no longer available as of Thursday. 

CAS started investigating Kolars, who was said to be a visual designer, on Tuesday afternoon and announced his suspension at 5:30 pm Tuesday on Sina Weibo.

The academy was extremely shocked and indignant and severely condemned Kolar's posts, saying abiding by Chinese laws and respecting Chinese culture is a prerequisite for foreign employees.

Following the suspension, the academy will update any further decisions in relation to the case, read the Weibo post.

Kolars' posts irritated Chinese people, who asked the CAS to sack him. Some net users also said repatriating and banning him from re-entering the country again is quite fair considering his posts.

Kolars on Tuesday night apologized on LinkedIn, saying the posts "were inappropriate and racist in nature and hurt the feelings of my Chinese friends and colleagues, and caused a very bad impact in the society."

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