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I had one of the worst experiences of my life today. [20060405|19:29]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I was walking in Essex (dearly beloved Essex). Rainham, to be exact, to get to the Havering Riverside Walk by the Thames. I passed a bus stop at which a chav-tastic teenager was loudly making an ass of herself. I glanced her way, as one is apt to do when people insist upon advertising their idiocy.

She looked at me, put her hands to her face and pulled her eyes into slants - you know what I'm talking about - and shouted in what she must have thought was a convincing parody of a Chinese accent, "What are you lookeeng at, haa?"

She thought this was so clever that she repeated it to me several times as I walked away without looking back.

I have never had anyone be this blatantly racist at me in my life.
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[User Picture]From: scanner_darkly
2006-04-05 18:43 (UTC)
Jesus fucking christ. That infuriates me. That stupid kid.

What the hell is wrong with people. Especially today? Good god. Some days, I really dislike humanity.

I really wish they could invent a device that travels back in time to when people you dislike are born, and when they come out of the womb and get slapped, you can laugh.

I'd like that, a lot.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-05 20:46 (UTC)
You know, it's an elaborate way to humiliate someone, but it sounds very appealing.
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2006-04-05 18:44 (UTC)
OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD.

That is fucking outrageous. I'm so sorry -- what an awful experience.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-05 20:33 (UTC)
Yeah, it sucked. I would have liked to have called her on it in some way, but it really wasn't worth risking my gear for it, not to mention my safety - she wasn't alone. At least I met some kind people today, and some guy on the train home, after taking in my muddy boots and tripod, asked me quite seriously if I worked for National Geographic. Ha! I thought that was kinda cool. I totally would. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2006-04-05 18:46 (UTC)
I hate people.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-05 20:35 (UTC)
Oh yes. Antipathy towards homo sapiens is truly the most equitable way to go.
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[User Picture]From: returntosender
2006-04-05 18:48 (UTC)
I am deeply sorry for this. Fucking hell.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-05 20:22 (UTC)
Well, it's not your fault. Maybe if there were Filipino takeaway restaurants as well as Chinese, they'd be able to tell the difference.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2006-04-05 18:49 (UTC)
Ass-tastic. My only hope is that she will pull this same shite on a Yakuza member in the near future.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-05 19:11 (UTC)
I think Yakuza members probably know to stay in the City.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2006-04-05 18:52 (UTC)
I know this doesn't make it any better for you but that's pretty mild compared with some of the stuff I've seen or heard over the years (on both sides of the pond).
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[User Picture]From: ladyrune
2006-04-05 19:01 (UTC)
A book club friend of mine who grew up in Leeds told me that the school kids used to call her "Nigger" because she was half Mexican. Jerks.
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From: tdj
2006-04-05 18:58 (UTC)
Morphology and accent? That's the best she could do?

That's racism with the training wheels on.
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[User Picture]From: shamroq
2006-04-05 19:08 (UTC)
Seriously! I thought only American racists were that lazy.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2006-04-05 19:00 (UTC)
I shall send a good e-kicking her way. If only I knew where!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-05 19:12 (UTC)
You know, you probably couldn't miss if you just sent it to most of Essex.
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[User Picture]From: guyinahat
2006-04-05 19:08 (UTC)
I like to think I have a substantial liberal streak running through me, but people like that should be fucking executed.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-05 20:51 (UTC)
No no, she should live. Except we should take away her fork and knife and force her to eat her meals with chopsticks. All of them. Including packets of crisps and chocolate bars. :-D
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2006-04-05 19:17 (UTC)
what is up with WT brit teens thinking you're chinese? sure, you look vaguely asian, but i guess it just shows the limits of their world experience. I hope you were able to either give her a withering look, or laugh out loud at her idiocy. In a perfect world, we'd be able to answer people like that -->"what are you looking at?" with "a clueless idiot" and have it sink in. until then, let's just hope karmic retribution lets her do something similar where it's going to earn her a good asskicking.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2006-04-05 19:33 (UTC)
Yeah, um, that was my reaction, too. Considering that in most of the States I am mistaken for white, and she and I look a lot alike, I am extra shocked by this and every other time people have assumed she is Chinese.

I have experienced similar things both in the level of blatant racism and in the peculiar situation of being alone with no emotional backup, which at least for me made it a lot worse. I am very sorry.

Interestingly, they never get *my* race right either, even though I actually am Chinese and you'd think that'd be the common assumption.
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[User Picture]From: angelcityblues
2006-04-05 19:24 (UTC)
That is just...gah. I have no words to describe the disgust I feel.

Although, thinking about it, whoever made the comment about that being racism with training wheels, I'm inclined to agree, but it doesn't make it any less horrendous.

Like, seriously, this is 2006, not 1806, people....
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-05 21:13 (UTC)
Ha. It must be all the Filipino-operated opium dens running these days, giving us a bad reputation. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-04-05 19:53 (UTC)
Wow. I've never had a stranger be that rude. And you look so beautifully ambiguous I too am surprised she labeled you as Chinese. Note to self: do not visit Essex except to be reminded that you are glad you don't live there.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-07 14:02 (UTC)
There are some gorgeous places to visit in Essex. They mostly involve a complete lack of people. :-/
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2006-04-05 20:59 (UTC)
Wow, you're lucky this is the first time. This used to happen to me all the time. I chalk it up to ignorance, fear of the unknown, and xenophobia. Unfortunately a lot of people are afflicted with this. Not uncoincidentally, this usually goes hand in hand with poor education. And by the way, your eyes are not at all slanty.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-08 21:09 (UTC)
Yeah, I thought of you when it happened, because of previous conversations we've had on the subject. :-\ You're more obviously Asian-looking than I am which is why you've probably experienced this sort of treatment/abuse more frequently. In any case, it sucks. And yeah, that really confused me because I always thought my eyes were pretty round.
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[User Picture]From: prosicated
2006-04-05 21:13 (UTC)
The surreality of her thinking you were Chinese, and going on to pretend to be Chinese as a form of insult is staggering. The mental jumps she must have achieved to believe that a poor parody of an odd stereotype put her in a better position than you, socially, is incomprehensible to me. Did you stick our your upper teeth and yell "what ho!" while looking suitably colonial or something farcical?
I'm sorry someone so clearly disinterested in the means of power dynamics bothered you, and I'm sorry she did so under the header of racist asshattery (asshaberdashery?). Bah.
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2006-04-05 21:35 (UTC)
Amazing. A little ignorance really can go a long way...

I would pity the girl for being that dumb but the chances she'll reproduce are high and it'll get carried down...
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