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Re: There used to be a joke

Postby JayCee » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 5:19 pm

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anneteoh wrote:There used to be a joke among school children in London that when China sneezes, the world will jump.


Ok, China has done incredibly well and I'm not taking away from any of that, but this quote above has me flummoxed. School children in London (or anywhere in England) talking about China? And this was in the 90s when it wasn't important like it is now. Maybe a few kids with Chinese parents said it, but the vast majority of schoolkids in London in the 90s wouldn't have given 2 hoots about China (why would they?)

Now there was a saying that if America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold, but it's adults that say it not school kids :?


Sure as rain, the school kids said that. To be precise, that came from a school in Greenwich around 1998. There were hardly any Chinese kids ( Vietnamese , yes) and if there were, they'd be too polite to boast or too poor to know. Most of the kids, ( it's a boys' school) were British, a few Turkish, Caribbeans, Somalis and Africans.
You'd be surprised - most kids were teasing me about Chairman Mao in the 80s and many were crazy about Bruce Lee in the 80s and Jackie Chan and Jet Li nowadays. Some of the kids even badgered me to watch the nascent Chinese football team then, in the 90s.
London school kids are world savvy, some possibly have 24 hours access to Google and other obscure websites. A Romanian schoolboy (new to Britain ) who was not even my student approached me in 2007 and started asking my opinion regarding Wushu versus Shaolin martial arts. Moreover, he insisted on giving me a small Kuan Yin on a string. Most touching.

PS They did say something in relation to the American sneeze... remember now that when I questioned them further, they also mentioned China's population. It could well be that they were making their own asociations about big countries' sneezes. Mind you, it wasn't in a geography lesson.


Ok, so what you actually meant was "There used to be a joke among school children in one school in London that I worked in that when China sneezes, the world will jump, the kids most likely took an interest in China because I am Chinese"

Ok now I see.

I went to school in London in the (early to mid) 90s, kids were far more bothered about Man utd, Arsenal and the spice girls than talking about chairman mao :roll: Talking about kids having access to google in 2007 is irrelevant, you said in the 90s

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speaking the smae language

Postby tyianchang » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 6:29 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
JR8 wrote:I found the article interesting, and am unaware of communism being missed anywhere where it has been fully eradicated.

Maybe you're just trolling for a fight?


Sorry, but I just gotta laugh. Pot, kettle, black? But we need to add me and longstebe to the mix as well! :P


What with the usual irreverent accusations of rose-tinted glasses and JCee acting like my horse - well, he's got a mouthful (as he assumed he knew what my kids were saying to me out of earshot), it's good to hear a voice speaking pure English, SMS.

I'm currently experiencing some strange things in this forum. First,
1.Someone sent me an advert titled -' Don't be deceived by infestations' from Rentokil - who did that and how did he get my email address?

I contacted the forum with the above compliant. Thereafter,
2. My membership as 'newbie' was changed to 'guest' as someone pointed out.
3. I get, and can read, notifications of messages sent to me but could not respond with my usual user name and loginin detail.

I have high regards for this forum but a few things are seemingly out of place since I returned a few days ago and I'm quite shocked.

Are you able to use your moderator position to find out who the culprit is and to straighten out this mess?
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Re: speaking the smae language

Postby JayCee » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 6:47 pm

They let you out for good behaviour then?

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Re: speaking the smae language

Postby JR8 » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 7:03 pm

JayCee wrote:They let you out for good behaviour then?



Aunt Batty finally got a head transplant ('Dr. Chai in Hat Yai, he so good you know you should'. PM me for more details and 10% off VIP coupon).

:P

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Re: speaking the smae language

Postby nakatago » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 8:40 pm

tyianchang wrote:
I'm currently experiencing some strange things in this forum. First,
1.Someone sent me an advert titled -' Don't be deceived by infestations' from Rentokil - who did that and how did he get my email address?
?


oddly foretelling

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Re: speaking the smae language

Postby JR8 » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 8:54 pm

nakatago wrote:
tyianchang wrote:
I'm currently experiencing some strange things in this forum. First,
1.Someone sent me an advert titled -' Don't be deceived by infestations' from Rentokil - who did that and how did he get my email address?
?


oddly foretelling


The early-cynic usually gets the troll, as they say in Jolly Olde Englande.

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Re: speaking the smae language

Postby nakatago » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 8:58 pm

JR8 wrote:
nakatago wrote:
tyianchang wrote:
I'm currently experiencing some strange things in this forum. First,
1.Someone sent me an advert titled -' Don't be deceived by infestations' from Rentokil - who did that and how did he get my email address?
?


oddly foretelling


The early-cynic usually gets the troll, as they say in Jolly Olde Englande.


Cor blimey, guv'nah!

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 9:08 pm

Awight me ol china! Fancy a cuppa rosy dan the caff?

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 9:18 pm

JR8 wrote:Awight me ol china! Fancy a cuppa rosy dan the caff?


http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201101190024

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 9:34 pm

China means mate in Cockney rhyming slang.

china plate = mate.

Geddit geezer? :)

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Re: speaking the smae language

Postby JayCee » Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:05 pm

JR8 wrote:
JayCee wrote:They let you out for good behaviour then?



Aunt Batty finally got a head transplant ('Dr. Chai in Hat Yai, he so good you know you should'. PM me for more details and 10% off VIP coupon).

:P


Use coupon for skin whitening treatment also can ah?

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Re: speaking the smae language

Postby tyianchang » Wed, 26 Jan 2011 4:29 pm

JayCee wrote:
JR8 wrote:
JayCee wrote:They let you out for good behaviour then?



Aunt Batty finally got a head transplant ('Dr. Chai in Hat Yai, he so good you know you should'. PM me for more details and 10% off VIP coupon).

:P


Use coupon for skin whitening treatment also can ah?


You say you're not ashamed of your racist jibes? I'm ashamed you're British but of course, politeness and good manners are not in your vocabulary; niether is standard English. We're talking about completely different domains. I have to say that since you joined this forum, the standard's plummetted to this level. There are very decent forums that would not tolerate personal victimizations from the likes of you.

I suggest you go to the SG British High Commission to learn some basics if you have to resort to this level of interaction.

The fact is, Northern Chinese are whiter than you know but of course, you don't. You'll rush to get the whiteners or ask me for leftovers just because you're pushing to sell that product.

Are the moderators allowing this sort of bigotry, racism and name calling here in a SG expats forum? Isn't anyone disgusted with this continuous spate of name calling and insults to the host country and its people???
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Re: speaking the smae language

Postby JayCee » Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:55 am

tyianchang wrote:
JayCee wrote:
JR8 wrote:
JayCee wrote:They let you out for good behaviour then?



Aunt Batty finally got a head transplant ('Dr. Chai in Hat Yai, he so good you know you should'. PM me for more details and 10% off VIP coupon).

:P


Use coupon for skin whitening treatment also can ah?


You say you're not ashamed of your racist jibes? I'm ashamed you're British but of course, politeness and good manners are not in your vocabulary; niether is standard English. We're talking about completely different domains. I have to say that since you joined this forum, the standard's plummetted to this level. There are very decent forums that would not tolerate personal victimizations from the likes of you.

I suggest you go to the SG British High Commission to learn some basics if you have to resort to this level of interaction.

The fact is, Northern Chinese are whiter than you know but of course, you don't. You'll rush to get the whiteners or ask me for leftovers just because you're pushing to sell that product.

Are the moderators allowing this sort of bigotry, racism and name calling here in a SG expats forum? Isn't anyone disgusted with this continuous spate of name calling and insults to the host country and its people???



Norah, please explain to us all how that could possibly be classed as name-calling, wouldn't I have to actually call someone a name?

"The fact is, Northern Chinese are whiter than you know but of course, you don't. You'll rush to get the whiteners or ask me for leftovers just because you're pushing to sell that product."

Honestly, I have not got a clue what you are talking about here. Are you accusing me of being racist against Northern Chinese people, or of being a Skin whitening salesman? :???: When they let you out, did they give you enough medication to keep you going?


You want to talk about racism and bigotry about a person's host country? Maybe look in a mirror? With your disparaging comments about the UK and how Asian people are so much more thoughtful towards their parents than westerners, you have plenty of experience of this.

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Re: speaking the smae language

Postby JR8 » Thu, 27 Jan 2011 4:25 pm

JayCee wrote:Are you accusing me of being racist against Northern Chinese people, or of being a Skin whitening salesman? :???:


<Monty>
Ee aye thou got off lucky with that. I'm an 'Anti-chinese agent' apparently.

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Re: speaking the smae language

Postby JayCee » Thu, 27 Jan 2011 4:35 pm

JR8 wrote:
JayCee wrote:Are you accusing me of being racist against Northern Chinese people, or of being a Skin whitening salesman? :???:


<Monty>
Ee aye thou got off lucky with that. I'm an 'Anti-chinese agent' apparently.


I'd love to know the thought processes that whizz around in her head, how she can go from taking the piss out of Singlish to being racist, bigoted and someone trying to sell skin-whitening products is beyond me :lol:

Or maybe she was just drunk.

Or maybe she was up late playing with all her cats and was tired.

Who knows?


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