Saturday, 29 September 2007

Time to meet your ethnic neighbours part 2

It is time we Canadians met our ethnic neighbours in the hopes that we may better understand each other and will become more readily accepting of them as Canadians.

Darkie Toothpaste.

And how long has this toothpast been on the Chinese market? One Chinese commentor writes:

A common perception among the Chinese is that black people have the nicest, whitest teeth, hence the toothpaste. This toothpaste goes waayyyy back. I think my grandparents have even heard of it. But is Darkie Toothpaste any worse than Aunt Jemima products in America? Of course, the name “Darkie” is a lot more offensive, but Aunt Jemima taps into all the slavery days where some house slave cooks for the white family. So I don’t know. Both seem equally offensive to me.

And most Chinese are DEFINITELY racist against black people. I can’t say this is malicious racism like, say, among rednecks in America, but it’s definitely there, and I don’t think the Chinese have this for anyone else in the world EXCEPT blacks. And I don’t think this is only the Chinese but all East Asians. Part of it is that blacks look so different physically from the Chinese. Of course, Caucasians look different from the Chinese too, but since Western pop culture influences so much, the Chinese let that slide.


Well I'll be darned. This toothpaste has been on the Chinese market for a long time which means this kind of racism is acceptable in China. The commentator goes on to state that "most Chinese are DEFINITELY racist against black people." This may explain why Asians are largely absent in black neighbourhoods but can be seen moving into predominately white ones if not exclusively Asian neighbourhoods altogether.

I had had a similar sentiment expressed to me personally by someone who is Chinese but Chinese in ancestry only. This person was more Canadian that Chinese. This person is what other Chinese would frankly call a “banana”: yellow on the outside, white on the inside as though that were a bad thing. This person said quite candidly that "Chinese are generally racist." It was also related to me by another individual that those considering teaching English overseas should understand that that those of a black or dark skinned complexion are not highly regarded by the people in Asian and South East Asian countries (China, Taiwan, Viet Nam, Japan, etc.).

I bring this up because China is the top source of immigrants to Canada and they bring these prejudices with them when they come here. The fact that Darkie Toothpaste existed in China for so long without offense says a lot about them as a culture. They do not suddenly purge themselves of these prejudices when they arrive in Canada and it is reflected in much of their behavior particularly in their settlement patterns and social groupings.

Many Asian immigrants play Canadians for suckers by abusing this country’s citizenship laws and frankly we are suckers for allowing them to do it. Their spouses, children, and aged parents may be in Canada, benefiting from our social services, but the other spouse is back in Hong Kong making a lot of money while reporting a poverty income in Canada to avoid taxes.

Why am I writing all of this? I am trying to present a balanced picture in light of the incidents that occurred in Sutton, Ontario. Asian-Canadians may have been the victims of racism and discrimination but they are equally racist and discriminatory in their own ways. They are not the innocent victims they like to play themselves off as.

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