Okay, so another blog titled “Stuff White People Do” had a post titled “Laugh at Asian English.” This was then changed to “Laugh at ‘Engrish.'”
Here’s my suggestion for the title: “Laugh at non-native speakers of English even though they themselves are monolingual” or maybe “Laugh and feel superior towards people who are learning another language.”
My problem with the original title is that there is no such thing as “Asian English.” The inherent suggestion here is that English spoken by Asian people is non-standard and therefore inferior. I don’t believe that non-standard English is inferior. And “Asian English” is definitely derogatory. It’s the flip of being told that I speak like a white person.
The second title, however, employs a commonly used racist way for white people to mock the way they think Asian people speak. Yeah, I know “Engrish” was in scare quotes. But I still think it’s racist. Poke around the net for any boards talking about Asian issues, and you’ll find some asshole writing a comment in which he/she switches her L’s and R’s. Because it’s so fucking funny, you know? And so original. So that leads me to another thing White People Do: Say Racist Things Because They’re ‘Anti-Racist’!
The reason I feel my suggestions are innately superior (other than my own obvious well-deserved sense of superiority) is because it puts all the shit back on the white people. Where it belongs.