Three Clips on Language and Ethnicity

In 2012 I wrote a post, Seven Ways to Talk to a White Man in which I talked about how Taiwanese react to seeing a foreign-looking person speak Chinese. Here is a funny video from Japan which dramatizes the scenario I described as “Look at the Asian”:

More after the jump.

This short film is a fun example of a somewhat reverse situation. “Yu ming is ainm dom” is about a Chinese man who works on his foreign language skills before taking a trip to Ireland.

Finally, when I posted the first clip on Facebook David Leitner recommended this clip from the British comedy show, “Goodness Gracious Me.”

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  1. Truth be told, the situation depicted in the Japanese restaurant film is highly exaggerated. It is true that wait staff will turn to a Japanese-looking person first, expecting them to speak Japanese; but foreigners fluent in Japanese are now increasingly common. As soon as one of us speaks up, the situation is easily sorted out.

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