You Chinese, Me Aussie
January 29th 2013 21:00
Speaking of people winding me up (see previous post) my friends have been doing that very same thing during the same week I had those two people rage encounters.
“You bl**dy Chinawoman,” said one of them.
“You bl**dy Chilean,” I said, pronouncing it as Chilayan.
“It’s Chilli-an,” he said.
“Chilayan sounds better. Plus that’s how they pronounce it on TV.”
I copped some more from another friend a few days later.
“Do you speak Chinese?” he asked me.
“Cantonese. There’s no such language as Chinese.”
“Conversationally. Like the swear words.”
“Can you read and write?”
“English only, you f*cken Aussie.”
“So? I was born here. I think the Chinese writing system is stupid anyway. I think eventually it will become dead like Latin. So impractical.”
As Andrea used to say when we were kids and were beginning to replace traditional Chinese culture with Australian culture: “You Chinese, me Aussie.”
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