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Revised essay 2 Definition 05-26-00 CHINK Anyone who tells you racism doesnt exist in the US is either blind or doesnt want to acknowledge it Im living proof that racism indeed exists Ive been a victim of it many times People have spat on me and screamed racial slurs such as Chink But what is a Chink Growing up in a dominantly white society I always stood out as an Asian- American No matter where I was in school at work or even outside playing it was that I was a part of the Asian- American culture The English language has many slang words that racially stereotype many groups of people The most popular one that I had witnessed is the word Chink Chink is a slang word used to degrade or discriminate Chinese people Or as the Dictionary of American Slang defines it an unfriendly alternation word for calling Chinese people 91 This label Chink bothered me for a couple of reasons One was that I had a difficult time making friends when I was younger because I was always slower than everyone in class so people thought I was a retarded Chink I can remember one time in the classroom one of my fellow classmates asked me a weird question Do you know what a chink is he asked and I replied No what is a chink He then told me that a chink is a name for a Chinese person at that time I didnt know that Chink was a derogatory slur I told him that Im not Chinese but Vietnamese and that Ive never heard that name before Then he said Well I dont care You all are the same so thats what you are and thats what youll always be To this day that experience still bothers me As I told my fellow student Im Vietnamese not Chinese This would be the equivalent to calling a Canadian a typical
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