I liked the lighting in this alley, so I shot this innocent photo of a couple checking their mail. The man didn't like it very much, so he confronted me and asked me why I was taking his photo. I told him because he was interesting. He didn't appreciate that very much and started yelling at me to delete it. I didn't delete it and he became even more upset, and began saying things along the lines of, "this is China" blah blah blah. I told him it was a public place and asked him if being rude was a part of Chinese culture.
Often in China, Chinese people want to save face, and refuse to back down in an argument (even if they're wrong). It can be worse when they are arguing with a non-Chinese person because sometimes they hate/despise (or at least dislike) non-Chinese people, and try to prove that they are stronger/tougher/better/smarter/whatever than them. I've had Chinese men try to break my wrists while travelling on a train, all to prove that they were stronger than me. They don't like that non-Chinese people come to their country and work or live. They can be like rednecks from another country that shall remain nameless. I suppose there are people like that in Canada too. It just pains me to experience it in a country and from a people whose culture I have such fond feelings for.
Maybe I was wrong to take his photo, and maybe even more in the wrong for not deleting it when he rudely demanded I do so, but acting like a maniac towards another person isn't the way to go about something. In the end, another woman (much younger), ushered me out of the alley and back onto Baak Ging Lou [北京路 Peking Road].