btw just because asian people from asia don’t find something offensive doesn’t mean it isn’t
they’re not diasporic and don’t suffer racism the same way diasporic asians do like seriously fuck off
have you seen this gem http://www.buzzle.com/articles/women-in-the-ancient-chinese-culture.html
i like how ppl in the comments are legit using this as a source for their homework.
Anonymous asked: Hi, I was wondering if you guys knew of any blog that has a similar aim to you guys but focusing on Taiwan?
Anonymous asked: This might be a stupid question but is there any way to say "I love xxxx language" without it sounding like it's motivated by feelings of exoticism?
lol literally two questions down
Anonymous asked: So is that the line you feel all non-Chinese (or individuals outside of any ethnic group for that matter) need to keep in cultural studies? Knowing that no matter how much you know formally and intellectually, you are not "more Chinese" than Chinese people
Anonymous asked: I've read a lot that saying "X language is so cool!" is exoticism. I am interested in linguistics and find the chinese tonal system, amongst other aspects of chinese grammar, really interesting. Is there a right way to talk about foreign languages and your interest in them?
I think it’s a fine line that I’m not sure I can define, but I’ll try.
As a linguistics student I can absolutely sympathise with the feeling of pure interest in a language alone for reasons such as having interesting grammar features that are new to me. But for me, personally, I cannot sever the link between a language and its native speakers.
I think this humanist aspect of the subject matter is something all students of a social science need to be conscious of: that we do not reduce the people associated with what we study to objects of curiosity which we have agency or expertise over.
When I meet a white guy who’s a linguist who is interested in Chinese, I want him to acknowledge that the language comes with a culture, but also that his formal knowledge on aspects of Chinese grammar doesn’t make him an expert on Chinese culture, and it doesn’t make him “more Chinese” than me.
Anonymous asked: Hi, I read the ask about white people commenting on chinese/canadian literature and I was wondering about some more general principles: What do you think about white scholars and commentators who focus on China? More specifically, what are your thoughts on China uncensored (a youtube channel)?
I find I get annoyed wayyy more at this if only because there’s more to be annoyed at: the study and scholarly dissection of China, of the Sinosphere, of Asia is saturated with outsider commentary.
I think the difference is that Chinese-Canadian or other diaspora cultures and experiences aren’t exoticised the way the “homeland” is — the only scholars on Chinese-Canadian issues I see who aren’t Chinese-Canadian themselves are almost always Canadian at least, so they have some context and personal stake in the subject matter.
This is why we’ve commented before on how wary we are of programs such as East Asian Studies. I am not saying that every white person, every Westerner, non-Chinese, non-Asian etc. is inherently problematic in choosing to study Chinese or Asian culture or politics, but I, and many other Chinese diaspora, am extremely wary of such people who profess especial interest in China because experience has shown us time and time again that a great number of these people seek only to exoticise and Other us, or to speak over or on behalf of us, or both.
Anonymous asked: what's your opinion on white scholars writing papers etc on things like Chinese-Canadian literature/history?
Hmm well, as a Chinese-Canadian myself who’s been reading some of that literature for my research lately, I definitely see a much greater interest in history of Chinese diaspora from Chinese-Canadians themselves (which makes sense). So, I would be frustrated and annoyed if a white scholar’s voice in the field got more of an audience or became more influential than Chinese-Canadians’. But I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with white scholars studying those things, as long as they recognise the greater importance of Chinese-Canadian voices.
furbylord asked: I get really irritated when people ask me what my race is immediately when they meet me, I don't understand why it matters? Also, I get offended when people start saying "konnichiwa" to me even though I'm Chinese. It is just me?....
no, i think these are things a lot of asian americans go through.
Anonymous asked: I'm a non-Chinese person and I have Chinese friends and every summer we go to Chinese camp to study Chinese. They're obviously at higher levels than me cause they already speak and read and write very well. I was never told by them that my learning Chinese and going to camp with them was problematic. I was just wondering if you found this to be problematic. Like one day I want to be semi-fluent in Mandarin like at their level. Is it wrong for me to aim that high?