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Saturday, 20th July 2024

Irish Born Chinese

TIL: Jook Sing

Created Tuesday, 5th April 2011, 23:06 by Whykay
(TIL means "Today I Learned", just in case you were wondering.)
I came across this comic called Empty Bamboo Girl via Jade Luck Club's tweet, and rather enjoy the comic itself as well as the characters (that feather duster still gives me the shivers!). So where does "Jook Sing" comes into all this, and what does it even mean to those who looked blankly at those words as I did when I first laid eyes on them. It just so happens to be via the creator of Empty Bamboo Girl's About Page. It's another term that's similar to "Banana" (those who are yellow on the outside but are white on the inside, I've got called that many times whilst I was growing up and wasn't too bothered by it). In fact that was one of the first blog posts I made about being an IBC "Banana".

"Jook Sing" (according to wikipedia) -- "Overseas Chinese person who has grown up in a Western environment, such that he or she cannot speak, read or write a Chinese dialect."

Well, I for one can speak and understand Cantonese, can read bits of Chinese but more so than writing it (Traditional Chinese, of course). I've never been called "Jook Sing" though, although people in Hong Kong tend to just speak to me in Cantonese anyway, even when I'm with my Irish hubby. I wonder do other overseas born Chinese still gets called these names?