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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.”

“Do you?”

“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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