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even those who discriminate against us are "our own".

Christina Lin



If you are an international student studying in another country, you may encounter "racial discrimination" from classmates or teachers at school. You may think that such racial discrimination would only come from white people, black people, or people from other countries, but in fact, we are more often subject to discrimination from "our own kind".


Nowadays, more and more of our compatriots are born in other countries, such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and have grown up there. Due to different living and educational environments, these overseas Chinese have different views on national culture, political issues, and ideologies, and they also speak different languages and dress differently. They also consider that the place where they were born and grew up is not China, and their nationality is not Chinese. Therefore, many Asian Americans target Chinese international student s because of their different identities. They also believe that their English is fluent and authentic, and they mock the English accent of Chinese international students or other ABCs who have lived in China for a long time. It is because of these various reasons that the phenomenon of "Chinese discriminating against Chinese" has emerged.


Why do we experience discrimination from people of the same race? How could we be rejected by our own people? This is the phenomenon of "intra-racial discrimination".


Nowadays, more and more of our compatriots are born in other countries, such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and have grown up there. Due to different living and educational environments, these overseas Chinese have different views on national culture, political issues, and ideologies, and they also speak different languages and dress differently. They also consider that the place where they were born and grew up is not China, and their nationality is not Chinese. Therefore, many Asian Americans target Chinese international student s because of their different identities. They also believe that their English is fluent and authentic, and they mock the English accent of Chinese international students or other ABCs who have lived in China for a long time. It is because of these various reasons that the phenomenon of "Chinese discriminating against Chinese" has emerged.

Excuse me, I don't wanna speak Chinese. Can you speak English?


Why are you speaking Chinese now that you're in America? If you want to speak Chinese, why did you come to America?


In my daily life, the Words Constantly Bother Me. Many of my friends are Chinese, lly Speak English Better and More Fluently Than US. our English proficiency and find our Chinese strange. But when we chat in English, they would ridicule our poor English and make fun of our accents. They gesture and point at us during our daily communication, and are very discriminatory towards us. My friends have suffered from the "attack" of our own people, which makes us feel very self-doubting and sad.


Recently, there was also a good example of "self-discrimination" in the news - the BMW ice cream incident. On April 20th, BMW held a mini exhibition in Shanghai, and two Chinese BMW employees were giving out free ice cream. came to collect the ice cream, the staff greeted them with smiles and willingly gave out the ice cream. But when "our own people" came to collect the ice cream, they were met with a cold face and the staff said, "We' re out of ice cream." We are all "our own people" and we live in our own country, yet we are discriminated against by our own people. It shows that wherever we are, those who discriminate against us are not just people of other races, but also our own people.

How can we overcome the discrimination from our own people?


1.We can try to solve the issue through communication. If the person does not represent a company's image, we can have a proper conversation and express our dissatisfaction directly. If communication is ineffective, then we should minimize contact with the person. f the person represents a company's image, we can file a complaint letter to the company and report the problem to the relevant authorities if necessary.


2.We can overcome such discrimination by communicating with friends and family about our feelings and not keeping these issues bottled up inside. If we experience discrimination in school, we can talk to teachers and the school to make them aware of our situation and possibly change our schedule or have the teacher communicate with the other party.


3.It's important to remain calm when faced with such situations, as we may feel anger or other strong emotions. Only by remaining calm can we avoid acting out in an extreme way.


As compatriots, we should not look down upon or exclude our own people. As the ancient Chinese poet Xin Qiji wrote, "Although we are strangers in this world, why must we be acquainted before we help each other?" This means that in times of difficulty, we should not discriminate against others based on their identity or any other reason, but rather help each other. We are all in a foreign land, and what we should do is to care for each other and offer mutual assistance, rather than Secretly discriminate against each other. Hopefully, none of us will experience discrimination from our own people, and we should not resort to violence against our own people due to differences in identity or beliefs.



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