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Should China Be Angry About the Slit-Eyed Olympic Photos?
TeachAbroadChina.com ^ | 8/19/2008 | Robert Vance

Posted on 08/19/2008 9:31:37 PM PDT by robertvance

"I’m not offended," a Chinese friend told me today when I asked her about the controversial photos of Spanish and Argentinian Olympic teams making 'slit-eyed' gestures. "They can do what they want." she said laughingly as she used her fingers to try to make her eyes look more "Western."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008olympics; china; racism; sliteyedphotos
I think China should be angry about this one but no one seems to care...
1 posted on 08/19/2008 9:31:38 PM PDT by robertvance
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To: robertvance

I seriously don’t care what they think.


2 posted on 08/19/2008 9:34:08 PM PDT by krb (If you're not outraged, people probably like having you around.)
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To: robertvance

Who cares what the ignorant uncivilized foreign devils do ? The Europeans and Americans will bow before the Chinese Empire . When the Capitalists sell us the rope we use to hang them it will be crappy cheap rope made in China .


3 posted on 08/19/2008 9:36:28 PM PDT by kbennkc (What passes for optimism is most often an intellectual error)
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To: robertvance

I think the whole thing is funny. The rest of the world should GET OVER IT. Such a fuss ‘bout ‘nuttin!!!!!


4 posted on 08/19/2008 9:36:43 PM PDT by P8triot1 (Liberalism ALWAYS produces the exact opposite of its stated intent. Quinns 1st. law..)
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To: P8triot1

NO because they are not slant eyed, chinese have round eyes.


5 posted on 08/19/2008 9:37:33 PM PDT by TommyJoe
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To: robertvance
I doubt the Chinese really do care. It's the politically-correct western media that's making a big deal of it. The Chinese probably stretch their eyes vertically and say "LOOK! I'm stupid roundeye. Get me big mac and coke!". I've been ribbed pretty mercilessly about being a "roundeye" by some of our Japanese vendors and I always got a laugh out of it.

As far as the "international incident", I say: Who the hell cares. They're teenagers (who are under tremendous pressure to perform) letting loose and having fun. Leave them alone.

6 posted on 08/19/2008 9:41:51 PM PDT by lesser_satan (Cthulu '08! Why vote for the lesser evil?)
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To: kbennkc
Who cares what the ignorant uncivilized foreign devils do ? The Europeans and Americans will bow before the Chinese Empire . When the Capitalists sell us the rope we use to hang them it will be crappy cheap rope made in China

Isn't it funny to hear everyone whining about "Drill Here, Drill Now" after handing all the very rich mineral resources (including petroleum) of Africa to the Chinese?

7 posted on 08/19/2008 9:42:20 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Gondring

I think the “normal” response would be to life.

But we have been so politically indoctrinated that we have to assume that the Chinese will (must!) be offended.

To our surprise, they seem to understand it’s just a joke.

(Jokes have become taboo in our PC culture; there’s no sense of humor about diversity!)


8 posted on 08/19/2008 9:50:43 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: robertvance
I find these bread and circus stories for the masses, if anything, to be a distraction and a big waste of time.

I guess this discourse and argument appeals to a certain level - tabloid.

People start thinking about the need to analyze and address China--they can feel the threat in their bones--maybe the Olympics brought it to the forefront for most Americans who don't yet know a world map--but cannot do it in an intelligent manner such as corporate buyouts, or missile throw weights, or cyber espionage, but instead have to focus on the juvenile and crass.

Maybe it is exactly what Beijing wants us to focus on at this puerile, Fox-TV level, rather than the real issues (them eventually replacing the United States in world, if not Asian, leadership in the next 20 years.) You know, that other minor issue.

9 posted on 08/19/2008 9:55:26 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Conservatives: We are just "sounding boards" for use as "trial balloons" soon to be trashed by RINOs)
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To: robertvance

no angrier than we should be about the murdered U.S. citizen - so STFU about this meaningless crap.


10 posted on 08/19/2008 9:59:17 PM PDT by palomonte
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To: robertvance
So, this is somehow worse than the thousands of comedians who make fun of Chinese accents by using phrases like "shlimp flied lice" and "me so ronery"?

Please.
11 posted on 08/19/2008 10:02:25 PM PDT by beezdotcom
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To: robertvance

We are projecting our own uptight, political correctness on the Chinese, who don’t swall the same nonsense. They know they have small eyes and yellow skin - and they are quite proud of it. They think Europeans have big noses and Africans big lips - so what of it?


12 posted on 08/19/2008 10:07:30 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: robertvance

They have the right to shame themselves with childish antics and unsportsman like conduct.


13 posted on 08/19/2008 10:07:53 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Vote For McCain But Trust In The LORD.)
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To: robertvance
Who cares? The cheaters have no room to complain about anything.


14 posted on 08/19/2008 10:20:46 PM PDT by TheBattman (Vote your conscience, or don't complain about RINOs!)
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To: robertvance
From what I've observed it's the PC westerners who are getting upset about this. Most Chinese could care less. They look at these antics as funny stuff from amateurs.

Chinese racism seems to be genetic.
15 posted on 08/19/2008 10:23:18 PM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: palomonte

Umm take a chill pill buddy..


16 posted on 08/19/2008 10:29:37 PM PDT by LowOiL (Electile Dysfunction: the inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president in 2008)
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To: robertvance
as she used her fingers to try to make her eyes look more "Western."

I like that.

17 posted on 08/19/2008 10:44:37 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A community in Chicago is missing an organizer.)
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To: robertvance

Considering they are way ahead in gold metals, it would seem the last laugh is on the athletes making fun of the Chinese eyes.


18 posted on 08/19/2008 10:45:28 PM PDT by BJungNan
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To: robertvance
The Chinese citizens should care about the human rights abuses and communist dictatorship in their country instead of something like this and the Chinese government can go to hell because nobody gives a damn about what they think(Or at least people shouldn't care what they think although for some reason many do).
19 posted on 08/19/2008 11:22:09 PM PDT by ThermoNuclearWarrior (John McCain 2008!)
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To: robertvance
I think China should be angry about this one but no one seems to care...

They should be angry...right after they returned the Gold cheated from legal Olympic competitors but taken by their "infant athletes".

20 posted on 08/20/2008 2:55:05 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: krb

Exactly,
Good post.


21 posted on 08/20/2008 3:44:30 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: lesser_satan; EveningStar
The Chinese probably stretch their eyes vertically and say "LOOK! I'm stupid roundeye. Get me big mac and coke!".

Ever see the dodgeball episode of South Park?

"I'll put that on my credit card."

"Excuse me do you have any non-dairy creamer"

"I haven't seen an American go down so hard since Abraham Rincoln"

22 posted on 08/20/2008 7:40:06 AM PDT by jmc813 (Welcome to New York, Brett!)
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To: BJungNan
Considering they are way ahead in gold metals

Thanks to cheating. F#%& China.

23 posted on 08/20/2008 7:43:13 AM PDT by jmc813 (Welcome to New York, Brett!)
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To: robertvance

So, what do your students think?
Do they think these are just bunch pale-face, big nosed foreign devils acting like monkeys?


24 posted on 08/20/2008 10:36:27 AM PDT by Fishing-guy
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To: Fishing-guy

That’s what is interesting. Usually, my students and friends here would be up-in-arms about this kind of thing. No one seems to care! On the other hand, other things (Carrefour, Sharon Stone,etc) seem to provoke overreactions on the part of the Chinese. It’s a bit puzzling...


25 posted on 08/20/2008 6:57:10 PM PDT by robertvance
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