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In my Mandarin Chinese class at University, my teacher, who is from China, wrote the character for ‘banana’ on the board. Then she pointed to my friend Tania, who is ethnically Chinese but born here and whose family is from Mauritius, and said Tania is like a banana because she’s yellow on the outside… you get it. Tania left the room and later dropped out of the class. The teacher was flabbergasted.

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  1. mangy-mongrel reblogged this from tumblenc and added:
    I think of it more as a cultural-expectation thing, especially in countries/areas with a majority-Chinese population; if...
  2. tumblenc reblogged this from microaggressions and added:
    this might be a culture clash, and not intentionally racist? I’m not sure. I’m assuming that the said university class...
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  6. wangyaosecret reblogged this from chinesemagpie and added:
    Personally, I see “Banana” or “香蕉人” as a neutral term. I mean, it could be used with negative connotation, OR without,...
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    Google for “banana yellow on the outside white on the inside” finds about 12,400,000 results… The Racial Slur Database...
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    People used to do this to me all the time. Unsurprisingly I got offended pretty often. In the past, I didn’t have a...
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