Dude, you got it backwards

So Australian news anchor John Mangos said something stupid and racist:

…  Mangos reported on a Chinese lottery winner who wore a mask to remain anonymous while collecting his prize.

After the story, he said: “I don’t know why he bothered. I mean, I can tell you now — he’s Chinese.

“He’s got straight black hair and he’s got squinty eyes and yellow skin.”

And then he “apologized”: Continue reading

How’s your day going?

I thought it was going pretty well.  Woke up early and got the taxes done.  But then I broke my rice cooker.  Yes I did.  No, I don’t want to talk about it.  Just wanted to mention it to people who would understand.

Also, I found a brown rice that is similar in texture to white rice.  It is a brand called “Sukoyaka.”  It’s even good for sushi.  Do take note that the glycemic index for brown rice is nearly as high as for white.  So you still have to eat it in moderation, but it has higher health benefits overall.

How is your day going?  Extra points if you have something amusing to relate.

‘Ching! Chang! Pok!’ update

Remember this from the Angry Asian Man?

I have concluded my informal research among Chinese and Japanese speakers, including people who grew up in China and Japan as well as people who grew up in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and the United States.

No Chinese first-language speakers could think of anything even remotely similar to “Ching! Chang! Pok!”  The most common response was “Jiandao shitou bu!” as Andrew reported.  Approximately half of the respondents spoke more than one Chinese language.

No Japanese first-language speakers ever heard of anybody saying “Ishi hasami kami!”  Continue reading

“One Race”

It was planned by teachers for their elementary school students.  They sang and displayed signs that read “One World” and “One Race.”

More than 90 percent of the teachers were white.

And no, it wasn’t supposed to be a Klan rally.

Straining my cultural competence

Photo by Paul J. Taylor

So I was asked to provide food for an organization function.  I have done this in the past.  Cooked chicken or char siu for 100 people.  Baked delicious vegan pastries and cookies.  Created decorated finger food for children.  I can also cook a number of “ethnic” specialties quite well.  Yes, I have many talents and I have used them numerous times in the past for this organization.  So I listed a few of the things I could bring.

They were all rejected.  Guess what I was asked to bring?  A jello mold!

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‘Ching! Chang! Pok!’

From Angry Asian Man, another suspect educational product.  This one claims that kids playing “Rock Paper Scissors” in Beijing would say “Ching! Chang! Pok!”  Allegedly in Japan they shout “Ishi! Hasami! Kami!”  [rock scissors paper].

I’ve heard “Shitou jianzi bu!” in Mandarin and “Jan ken po!” and “Gu choki pa!”  in Japanese.  Asked a couple of Chinese American kids who said they’ve heard “Shitou jianzi bu!” but they say “Rock paper scissors shu!” (maybe “shoot”?). Interestingly, “bu” means “cloth.”

Of course there are probably two hundred plus Chinese languages.  But I still kinda doubt this one.

How do you play “Rock Paper Scissors”?  And what do you say?