If you go to any major city in China, you will invariably run into the foreign man-Chinese woman pairings in any major tourist or shopping destination; not so with foreign women and Chinese men.
It’s easy to gauge this reality on the website Candle for Love (CFL), devoted to helping US Americans bring their loved ones over from China.
It’s also, sadly, a language littered with racial slurs – a few of which I’ve included today.
And like all Australian slang, it bounces from the imaginative to the painfully unoriginal.
With a few exceptions, Asian men on screen have been small, sneaky and threatening — or spineless, emasculated wimps, or incompetents who may well be technically proficient in martial arts, but impotent when faced with white man’s superior strength or firepower. Even today, Asian American men complain that action heroes such as Chow Yun Fat and Jackie Chan rarely get the girl.
As Leong, the author and UCLA professor put it: “Asian men can kick butt, but they can’t have a kiss.” It gets a little more personal in blogs, such as posts titled Us Bitter, Bitter Asian Men or Sucks to be an Asian male. I’ve had Chinese guys refuse me because they felt, as a traditional man, they could never see themselves married to a foreign girl.
You may notice that Australians are a sometimes coarse people, and that is true of Australian slang and of dating in Australia.Off the top of my head, I can think of Rachel De Woskin’s Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China and Repeat After Me: A Novel, Nicole Mones’ Lost in Translation, and Pearl S. So I began to wonder — why are there so few Chinese guys and foreign girls becoming couples?Of course, some of it has its roots in the usual stereotypes — stereotypes in the Western World.and that an awful, caustic smell had permeated your air, you would be alarmed, right?For residents of Wenzhou, China, and millions like them in China's rapidly industrializing and growing cities and towns, this has become a reality.These ones always make people laugh and there are a few here I rarely use. There’s a good chance that enigmatic piece of Australian slang that’s had you scratching your head can be found below.But I’ve heard every one of these more than once in my life and in my mind, they’re the best bits about Australian slang. It’s a messy little mish-mash of words and exclamations, but that’s why God (or was it Steve Jobs? But damned if it doesn’t sound sexy in that Aussie drawl.After my recent trek to the US showed me just how confusing our language can be, I’ve gone ahead and put through a (far from complete) dictionary of Australian slang for your reading pleasure.It’s because I’m often seen holding hands with my Chinese husband.It’s true — the sight of a foreign woman and Chinese boyfriend or Chinese husband is much rarer than its counterpart, the foreign man and Chinese woman.