The Bus Uncle

The Bus Uncle is a Cantonese YouTube viral video clip of a quarrel between two men aboard a bus in Hong Kong on 27 April 2006. While the older man scolded the man seated behind him, a nearby passenger used a camera phone to record the entire incident. The clip became YouTube’s most viewed video in May 2006, attracting viewers with its rhetorical outbursts and copious use of profanity. Roger Chan Yuet Tung, 51, was found to be the man involved in the argument.

About The Bus Uncle in brief

Summary The Bus UncleThe Bus Uncle is a Cantonese YouTube viral video clip of a quarrel between two men aboard a bus in Hong Kong on 27 April 2006. While the older man scolded the man seated behind him, a nearby passenger used a camera phone to record the entire incident. The clip became YouTube’s most viewed video in May 2006, attracting viewers with its rhetorical outbursts and copious use of profanity. The video became a cultural sensation, inspiring vigorous debate and discussion on lifestyle, etiquette, civic awareness and media ethics within the city. In Hong Kong, it is common to refer to an older man as “Uncle”, hence the English translation of the original video. Roger Chan Yuet Tung, 51, was found to be the man involved in the argument. He was unemployed for more than ten years. Chan was criticised for reportedly demanding remuneration for his interviews. He died on 24 December 2017, presumably in China, asking passengers to lower their voices so he can nap. Despite being threatened, Ho said he sympathised with whatever stress the man was suffering and forgave him. Ho visited Ho’s office on 31 May 2006 to apologise for the dispute and initiate a business duo for the duo to hold a business meeting. He said he was inspired by tai’ai chi chuan, which is a form of tai chi. Ho was also found to have a girlfriend in Mong Kok, though he had no contact with his family for years before his death.

Ho lived by himself, with rare contact with family, and often took long bus rides to Mong Kok. Ho often takes long bus journeys, and frequently frequently takes longer than the average person. Ho’s name appears as part of the title of theoriginal video. Contrary to reports in Western media, the word ‘Uncle’ was not used in the clip. On 28 May 2006,. this incident was mentioned on the main evening news on TVB, as well as Cable TV news. News of the video clip has been widely syndicated, and reported in prominent international journals, such as Channel NewsAsia, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal. As the video became well-known, reporters located the “Bus Uncle” near the end of the 68X bus route. The older man turned around and started a monologue, ranting about being unnecessarily provoked under stress. The younger man, who seldom talked back, expressed a desire to end the discussion. However, the middle-aged man insisted that the matter was not settled and requested an apology from him. The video ends with the olderman receiving a phone call. In a radio station phone-in on 25 May 2006. Jon Fong Wing Hang said he recorded the incident on a mobile phone in case the abusive man became violent. He claimed there was a second video yet to be posted online in which the younger man fought back by making fun of ‘Bus Uncle’ with a friend on the phone.