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Monday, August 11, 2008

There's Something About Easterners

That just makes others want to mimic their sing-song languages, or make references to their narrow eyelids.

Who can forget Brazil soccer super-star, Ronaldo, arriving in Seoul greeting his hosts with this tell-tale gesture.

(The poor lady's teeth have been manipulated on Photoshop, referring to the footballer's own prominent pearlies. But she's also making that modest gesture of covering her mouth when laughing, that also drives Westerners to giggles when they see it)

And via JSU, comes word that the ENTIRE Spain basketball team decided to pose like this, ahead of their Olympic voyage to Beijing.

From Prince Philip telling a British student studying in China that "stay here long enough, and you'll get slitty eyes" to Rosie O'Donnell's infamous "ching-chong" insult, there's something about Easterners that just makes Westerners' funny bones go into overdrive.



  • "that drives Westerners to giggles..."? What an odd thing to say. Do you believe that your personal reactions are representative of a great mass of people? Or that only "Easterners" do this? Just asking.
    (here from Althouse, by the way).

    By Anonymous mark, at Fri Aug 15, 11:21:00 am GMT-4  

  • Hey Mark, thanks for the comment!

    Can you show me prominent examples of Easterners making fun of other Easterners for their physical and pronunciation characteristics?

    Surely, Prince Philip, Ronaldo, Rosie O'Donnell, and the entire Spanish National Team are not indicative of the whole Western world.

    Nevertheless, they are representative of the "giggles" you found offensive in my statement.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Aug 15, 12:15:00 pm GMT-4  

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