So my GF's a sheep because because she won't stand for someone swearing at us in a different language?! Interesting point of view.Brah wrote:Anyone who does that is already sheep. Many times I don't need to know the language to know when it's being done, looking them straight in the eye gives them away.
BillyB wrote:I'd agree with the bold part. This happens frequently in lifts, coffee shops, shops, restaurants, MRT. It's useful to have someone with you who understands all the dialects - aka my GF - and who will take on the racism and snide comments and embarrass them by replying with something really sarcastic in the same dialect. The sniper then turns extremely sheepish......carteki wrote: SMS you make a very good point. I was chatting to a guy who lived here 8 years ago (he now studies overseas, but his parents are here). He picked up the local dialect in school and said you'd be amazed at what is said about you just walking down the street (in the local dialect) - its not pretty.
For those people who say that they've not experienced racism personally - that is completely possible for 2 reasons: a) racism very rarely manifests itself in a one-to-one interaction and b) the asian concept of "face" makes it even less likely that you'll be told to your face what your colleagues think.
I've seen the racism (disguised as cultural tolerance) between the 3 major ethnic groups here. It is definitely there and a basic way in which this country operates (although if you're Chinese you have no clue and think that this is how life actually is).
The fact you don't know what is being said about you but believe you can 'read' the situation and give a stare to acknowledge - simply shows you are paranoid.