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Racist comments about a Chinese contestant on Dutch TV

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Another display of Racism on a TV show - Holland Got Talent,

http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/11/the-banality-of-televised-anti-chinese-racism/281776/

In a  recent Holland Got Talent TV show, one of the judge, a Dutch singer named Cornelis Willem Heuckeroth, made the following comments about a Chinese opera singer, Xiao Wang, a PhD candidate, who sang "La donna e mobile".

"Which number are you singing? Number 39 with rice?"

"This is the best Chinese I've had in weeks, and it's not takeaway!"

"He looks like a waiter from a Chinese restaurant."

"This is the best Chinese person I've ever seen, and he's not even a delivery boy."

Hueckeroth also called Xiao's performance a "surplise."

Yes, he was making fun of the Chinese on a Dutch TV show. Yes, he was wrong in making those statement on a national TV show. He is Dutch. He is racist. But not all Dutch are racist. That is an important distinction.

 

That was a reality TV. And the reality is racism exist both outside of China and in China. It is not a behaviour only of a particular race. When someone from a remote country town comes to a big city like Shanghai, Beijing or Guangzhou, comments are how that person cannot speak, behave or eat properly. There are standard comments that people would make about those from northern China and similarly how people from the south would dress or behave. However that does not make everyone from that place racist. Neither does it mean everyone from the other place behave, speak or dress like that.

 

What is needed is understanding. Understanding that not everyone of a particular behaves like that. Understanding through education that racism, in any shape or form, is bad. Ask yourself "Have I, through words or behaviour, commit racism?"


 

Colours of the Wind

You think you own whatever land you land on
The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name
You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You learn things you never knew

You never knew
Have you ever heard the wolf cry
To the blue corn moon
Or ask the grinning bobcat why he grinned
Can you sing with all the voices
Of the mountains
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind
Come run the hidden pinet rails of the forest
Come taste the sun-sweet berries of the earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once never wonder what they’re worth
The rainstorm and the rivers are my brothers
And the heron and the other are my friends
And we are all connected to each other
In a circle in a hoop that never ends
Have you ever heard the wolf cry
To the blue corn moon
Or let the eagle tell you where he’s been
Can you sing with all the voices
Of the mountains
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind
How high does the sycamore grow
If you cut it down,then you’ll never know
And you’ll never hear the wolf cry
To the blue corn moon
Or whether we are white or copper-skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountains
Need to paint with all the colors of the wind
You can own the Earth and still all you’ll own is earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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