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knightbane007

I know a guy, white as white can be. And huge. Raised in Hong Kong. The look on the faces of other HK Chinese people when he address them in perfect, locally-accented Cantonese is a wonder and a joy to me.


Cool-Aside-2659

I am this guy (well, not your guy) 6'4" pasty, pasty as can be. People are surprised, then happily polite. I love HK, Life is good.


MurderDoneRight

Can't you turn that into a career? I know Simone Giertz somehow ended up on a sitcom when she lived in China. https://youtu.be/apNOankkG3A


ColHannibal

Go get a a business degree and you can get a job at any tech firm you want, a person that can fluently speak Mandarin and English, is so valuable in supply base management.


lesemao1000

This is a fallacy if you are referring to a non native speaker learning Chinese. Businesses will, and do, simply say, “there’s plenty of native Chinese speakers who also can speak English”.


leshake

Is this the business equivalent to watching anime and assuming that Japanese girls will fuck you if you move to Japan?


irago_

Wait, they don't?


sodashintaro

fella youre on reddit of course they don’t want you


irago_

Damn, years of academy training wasted!


JackWickerC

Or you


Mike

Not if you kick ass in your (for example) US based company who has relations or new business opportunities with Asian countries. I have a buddy who made very good money in the states, and when they learned he could speak fluent Chinese he went from fairly rich to wealthy in what seemed like an instant. But yeah, like every other job in the world, they’re not going to hire you JUST because you can speak multiple languages. Other skills and individual personality usually come first.


lesemao1000

Definitely true. Senior level managers that speak Chinese can make big bucks.


commanderquill

You made me realize that my connotation of "wealthy" means you have a lot of money but still less than "rich". This comment threw me for a loop.


Healthy-Drink3247

As an American white guy who fluently speaks mandarin I can confirm. No one in business gave a crap about my mandarin skills. Used it once in my entire career as a one off thing. Which is wild because my firm has huge offices in China


lesemao1000

Yeah it’s pretty misleading for young people to keep being told that they will have their pick of jobs if they just learn to speak Mandarin. Even Mandarin plus a prestigious MBA does almost nothing. It’s not impossible to land a well paying job in China but it’s very very difficult. As another commenter pointed out, having some serious job skills and experience are still the most important factors. Maybe Mandarin speaking will help give you that last push, but that’s about it. Of course, if someone wants to try to get their foot in the door by taking a low paid job in China as a “dancing monkey”, they can try that route, but it usually leads nowhere.


Stormfly

Any big company isn't going to be wooed by *"Oh wow white man speaks our language"* like they're amazed by everything Western. White people are all over Asia. It's a novelty, not much more.


HughCheffner

You have HUGE, American penis.


gabaguh

This isn't as big of a flex as it used to be anymore. You're not going to get a job at a tech firm just for being a white mandarin speaker.


SmokelessSubpoena

I did this and never found a job. Care to point me where I can find these jobs?


ColHannibal

Side question: How unlikeable are you?


humphreym808

This isn’t a side question, this has become the crux.


SmokelessSubpoena

Surprisingly, I'm well liked by every one of my peers, though admittedly a shy person. That being said, I have direct ties to China and even with that have had troubles. So, it brings me back to your main point, and my OG question, where do I find these jobs you hear so regularly about online?


lesemao1000

They don’t exist (or at least are extremely rare). See my earlier comment about this being a fallacy. Source: I worked in China for 20+ years and frequently had young people contact me with this same question.


SmokelessSubpoena

Exactly, this is a romanticized Western mentality, it doesn't exist in the real world as much as we play it out to be.


Keith_Bakker

I hear that a lot but there is no doubt in my mind there are more people who speak English and Chinese in China than anywhere else in the world


ColHannibal

Yes but being an effective communicator in both is very different.


Keith_Bakker

Well thats true but even if 1% or even less of China was an effective communicator my statement would still be true


verygoodchoices

Eh there are millions of native Chinese who are also effective communicators in English. Maybe if you are trying to work in some kind of weird bilingual copywriting then true native proficiency in English is helpful, but in regular old Business? Not in my experience.


PM_ME_CATS_OR_BOOBS

From my experience in China there's a great market for big white guys in advertisement, whose entire job is to slam on business meeting tables and glare at protagonists in commercials.


EmeraldFalcon89

these days the market is much bigger for white guys to make videos about China's amazing culture and how they see absolutely no genocide because people are walking around the city


kingkeren

This video gave me so much second hand embarrassment


AnyEquivalent6100

I saw some YouTube videos once of a guy who spoke perfect Mandarin and some Cantonese and would go into Chinatown in New York and see what people said when they didn’t think he understood I think he was making a decent amount of money off of that


coreynj

Isn't HK like total hell right now though? Or is the tyranny somewhat livable now?


wyatt_3arp

There's always fresh tyranny on the shelf if needed /s


dw796341

Mom: we have tyranny at home.


cameronnichols

r/FuckTheS


SmokelessSubpoena

/s


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fredthefishlord

Or if you go optimistically, abortion rights are about to be codified into law.


TrueCommunistt

no one is talking about usa


Yaqzn

Americans think every other country is a shithole to live in because of the tyranny of not having the freedom to shoot up schools.


coreynj

Nah, I think America is a shithole country because we don't have 90% of the things that other first world countries have, such as universal Healthcare. I'm very much anti gun. (That being said, with the direction the country is going, I'm almost willing to justify using guns for a coup d'etat in order to establish a better government.)


Blizzzzz

How do you feel about staying in HK now? Are you still thinking of being there long term. I lived in HK for years but the current political climate is not great to say the least


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c322617

That used to happen to some of the guys I used to play rugby with in Hawaii. There are a lot more Latinos than Polynesians on the mainland, so they said it was pretty common for people on the mainland to try speaking Spanish to them.


520mile

I’m Chinese-Jamaican and white, and I’m born and raised in Florida… I have tanish light skin, dark curly hair, and slightly slanted eyes, so I can easily pass for Puerto Rican or Cuban. I’ve also gotten white or black on some occasions (which is actually true). People are honestly *shocked* to learn I’m not Hispanic and I don’t know a lick of Spanish. I’ve lost count of how many Spanish speakers here who approached me speaking Spanish. Some are even surprised I speak fluent English (the only language I know lol) 😅 Meanwhile Asians have a hard time believing I’m part Asian due to my curly hair and my eyes aren’t as slanted. Being mixed is a very… interesting thing lol


Derp800

I'm white as Casper but still 1/8th NA. I always get a side eye when I say that, though. Like, guys, my grandma was half. Give me a fucking break. Funny thing is that all the Mexicans in my area thought my grandma was Asian when she was from Puebla lol


RandoCommentGuy

When you say the "UP" of Michigan, do you mean that area that really should just be North Eastern Wisconsin, but somehow got claimed by Michigan cause a piece of land the width of a hair is connecting it to lower Michigan?


PM_ME_CATS_OR_BOOBS

Cry more, cheesehead, it still counts


MarinatedBulldog

i laughed


c322617

Technically, I think they got it by fighting a small war with Ohio somehow.


skepticalDragon

We're taking Cedar Point back in the next civil war, they can keep Toledo.


itstatietot

Yeah basically lol. Idk the history really. I was removed from the service area and adopted out in Florida. I go to ceremony with my brothers sometimes.


Lizard_Sex_Sattelite

I have a cousin like this. Moved to a rural area of China when he first got there and speaks with a rural Chinese accent. Now people in the city laugh when they hear him speak


gilbert99

I know a guy with that exact description. He's real skinny and probably about 6'4"


Samipuma

I went to high school in Indonesia for like 5 months, and there was an Australian white guy at my school that lived in Indonesia all his life, and people were making fun of how I sucked at Indonesian and he was fluent and I was like "THAT MF NEVER LEFT THE ISLAND SON"


SacredGeometry25

And that island is only one of 17000, I can't wait to travel there!


Tankirulesipad1

huh so his parents were white and stayed in indonesia but he was there his whole life?


undercoverartist777

Well yea, if his parents moved there from Australia permanently and then got pregnant and had him in Indonesia.


dw796341

Fascinating. Did the mother not lay a large egg? I’ve been told that’s the style in Indonesia.


HJSDGCE

In Indonesia, that is indeed the case. However, I am Malaysian and we are a territorial people. Should we Malaysians see an Indonesian egg, there's a chance for an ambush.


Away_Macaron6188

No no, she clearly did. As the same thing also happens in Australia. And depending on the local the younglings can evolve Into what we call a bogan.


Fakjbf

If he lived in Indonesia his whole life why describe him as Australian?


B_Boi04

It’s pretty normal in some places to call first gen immigrants by their parents nationality, except when the culture is very similar. I live in the Netherlands and have a Chinese friend who was born here, but she still had a Chinese upbringing so I still refer to her as such. This is probably something similar


Blarrie

So outside of Western countries there is way less of a push for integration. Plenty of white kids born in Shanghai (even more in Hong Kong) that are considered by themselves and locals to be English, American, French etc. Plus, as a white person born in China, you could speak fluent mandarin, have attended school there, never have been to your parents native country and you would still never be considered Chinese. This is all very different to the UK where I wouldn't bat an eyelid if a second generation immigrant from anywhere claimed to be British. Different cultures have far different approaches to national identity. Specifically in how it relates to ethnicity.


Fakjbf

I get not considering him as true Chinese, I guess I just don’t consider Australian as an ethnicity. I also don’t really see American or Canadian or New Zealander that way, I think of those as nationalities that are ethnically white with pockets of more finely differentiated whiteness like German or Italian. So it just sounds odd to me to describe someone by the nationality of a country they didn’t grow up in. Though I can certainly see why other people might not make that distinction so it would be perfectly fine for them.


BlackJack407

America is one of the few countries in the world were when you get your citizenship, you are considered American


Fakjbf

I’m not talking about citizenship? I’m talking about where a person grew up compared to where their ancestors are from, whether they have citizenship from another place isn’t really relevant.


idwthis

Maybe his family moved there when he was a baby/toddler.


MondoDukakis

He’s probably a dual citizen


TrueCommunistt

because your nationality doesn't depend on your travel history?


heyf00L

Indonesia, like most countries, doesn't grant birthright citizenship. The US is actually pretty rare in doing that.


iloveokashi

He could be Australian citizen. If at least one parent is Australian. Are you from America or a place where birthright citizenship is followed? A lot of countries follow citizenship by blood.


ouishi

Many countries do not give birthright citizenship.


BplusHuman

I'd be in MX for work a few times a year and the thing that i never got over was when I'd get lunch at this Chinese place hearing a thick Chinese accent in Spanish.


SC487

I knew a girl who was half Spanish half Russian. Spanish with a Russian accent is the coolest sounding thing ever.


shadowozey

This isn't the same at all, but one time my friend and I watched a random ass horror movie on Netflix called Veronica. English wasn't an option, it was clearly Hispanic people but I figured fuck it... I don't speak much Spanish at all so I put it on in Russian. It quickly became a comedy, except for the scene with a naked old dude


whooptapus

You don’t think old dicks are funny? What’s wrong with you?


shadowozey

Not when they're walking towards me calling me Veronica


bigtoebrah

It's not a Lemon party without old Dick!


Uppercaseinlowercase

Happy cake day!!!


ShadowSeeee

Happy cake day


Fnarkfnark

I knew someone who was born in Spain, raised in England after 10 and then moved to Norway at 15. Those accents came and went as they pleased.


FreshOutBrah

Mar de Plástico has a bunch of Russian bad guys, their Spanish sounds cool as fuck


Beagly-boo

Me and my daughters dad are both Polish. My daughter can speak perfect Polish but she speaks with English accent(we not far from London), it's funny to listen to her.


MJ_Duke

Do you mean her Polish is in an English accent? I'm guessing she was born and raised in England? I find it so crazy she would have an English accent despite being taught Polish I assume from birth too? So cool.


20past4am

Well, that's just Portuguese


nooneknowswerealldog

I was in East Africa some decades ago, when there were a lot of Chinese-funded building projects going on, and I'd walk past construction sites and hear Chinese-accented Swahili. (While there I picked up an East African accent for my English.) Before that I worked in an abattoir with a German butcher who worked in London, and had a German-Cockney accent. Now I work with a Vietnamese man who worked in France, and his English is Vietnamese-French accented. He pronounces 'project' as 'pro-zhey'.


Toren14

i remember a psych episode that featured a character like this


sMarmy_Mcfly

"My accent? Offensive?...OK, Bud from Cosby"


ryanoh826

Hahahah so good


Adama0001

It’s a hilarious scene [Psych: Your Accent Offensive (S6E14)](https://youtube.com/watch?v=IcrnKpygaFc&feature=share)


StopShamingSluts

I just came for the psych reference. Anyone else still watch it before bed....no? Just me? C'mon son.


ShavedZangief

You know that’s right


TheLiquid666

You heard what happened to Pluto? That's messed up.


99Kira

Oh the memories are flooding in. I binge watched it a few years ago and the opening song was so catchy, and as usual the final episode made me almost cry. Idk if its a good indicator of a series being good, but you tend to miss it after it ends. It has happened to me with The Office, the fresh prince, psych, and I cried in all of their final episodes.


commanderquill

I do! Just rediscovered it.


Hoosier14567

This was my first thought too


ffyugder57

That episode holds my favorite line from the series. Why is that man in straight cut denim lying in the street while you make bus sounds in the moonlight?


HouseOfZenith

Man I love that show.


Ok-Violinist2324

There is a video of a guy who is exactly this description


Delicious_Ratio9896

Link?


Ok-Violinist2324

My bad he lives in Singapore https://youtu.be/HylaY5e1awo


HandyDandyRandyAndy

He went from asian accent to american in a flash


Ok-Violinist2324

Bro Is set trippin


marvsup

Yeah I think he also thought he sounded like an asshole


Drewpurt

Dude they kind of laughed at hit at first. Definitely weird


kingmyguy

Yah it seemed like he felt pressured


drewster23

His ability to do that isn't that weird the video kinda is tho . A lot of countries especially Asian talk in English with such a distinct accent, that they understand that way of "English" rather than "proper" western English pronunciation. Like what you might you think of as a "racist accent" (since you don't need /have one) can actually helps verbal comprehension. But that's just for esl people, especially those who don't converse in English often, since he obviously learned "proper" English from parents, he wouldn't have a default accent . And evidently can speak American way fine. It's weird because they seemingly try to have some angle of white boy who grew up in Asia talks English with accent, when in reality he just has accent for "localised" English, something I've heard similar from expats to even citizens who grew up in western countries, who talk about having to revert back to using a local "accent" even tho they speak English fine because it makes them easier to be understood. It's really no different than using proper accent when talking in foreign languages to aid understanding.


t3hgrl

Yes this is it!! When I did my TESL training we were told to encourage ESL students to *speak to each other* and get familiar with ALL accents of English because wherever you go you are not going to just hear one accent of “correct” English. Training yourself to only recognize one version of English will be detrimental.


MJ_Duke

If you can work out what [young scouser Jamie Caragher](https://youtu.be/MwaDyG5lVLM) is saying, you can master anything


Delicious_Ratio9896

Aight thanks man I’ll look at in later.


Ok-Violinist2324

Np


BigEndian01000101

[Here's one kinda mocking the OP](https://youtu.be/psr0K33j-vM)


FlyingDragoon

I remember finding a youtube video of a group of white guys, born and raised in Japan, who do not speak English and are Japanese citizens. However, they are extremely shunned and receive racist comments and stuff. Like Asian-Americans that have 0 ties to wherever their grand parents may have come from and thus only speak English. It was interesting cause I assumed it was a bit more common but that's when I realized just how much of a melting pot the United States is compared to mosy nations out there.


Narezza

I used to have this little old Chinese lady come into my business. She waddled up the first time and I’m kinda worried about understanding her, I’m mentally prepared and totally focused, and she starts speaking English with a twangy southern accent. I mean everyone here has a southern accent, but hers was great.


MiaLba

I’m originally from Eastern Europe and came to the US as a young child. I have a southern accent while my parents have heavy Eastern European accents. People are always surprised to find out I’m not actually from her especially after they learn my very foreign name. They’re even more confused when they hear how my parents speak versus how I speak.


asianabsinthe

Native Koreans shun and ignore me because I can't speak it.


RedditBoiYES

Are you in?


rdv_316

Dave Jenkins who helped Lee Mack make Wok Around the Clock


NisaiBandit

Thank Lee Mack you're here! For an awful second I thought I was the only one going: [ye mean Steve Jenkins, right?](https://youtu.be/bFf7qdZfHvw)


rdv_316

Extremely sorry, I meant Steve Jenkins


NisaiBandit

That's okay, Steve only speaks Cantonese anyway so I think you're good


Ok_Possibility_704

There's an Italian man who was taken to rural China as a small child. And his Italian mother died there and was raised as a Chinese peasant. His step dad changed his name etc and denied him information of his past. He knew he was different but grew up speaking a rare dialect of Chinese. He is really tall and basically acted like a vigilante, even when he blew off his own hands in an accident. Eventually some people got him to Milan to visit his relatives but they had nothing in common and they couldn't understand each other. He now lives with his kids who have obtained a wealthier lifestyle in China.


sweetpatata

And what's his name? How can I read more about him?


SpiritedAd8416

I found an article on him [here](https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-dec-23-mn-17560-story.html). His name is Xu Xiangshun.


heycanwediscuss

Sucks that there's no photo. That was a hard read, I feel for him.


velligoose

https://youtu.be/psr0K33j-vM


damnatio_memoriae

oh shit that’s a real story? i thought it was like the plot to some movie i didn’t recognize.


sweetpatata

Thank you!


Ok_Possibility_704

There's a YouTube documentary about him I'd just forgotten his name.


SpiritedAd8416

Interesting. I'll have to check it out.


DukeEnnui

This guy https://youtu.be/psr0K33j-vM


Ok_Possibility_704

Yeah that's the fella!!


MurderDoneRight

Andy Berman played a character like that on Psych. [It's pretty fun](https://youtu.be/uJ-sS82NR2I) [.Second scene](https://youtu.be/bgz1CKXMoOI) I love his plum cake description.


DoodieCone

This is what I thought of when I read the post too


MurderDoneRight

![gif](giphy|LhV9LprOEnrIA)


pardon_the_mess

There's a YouTuber who is like this. Born to white American parents, but spent his whole childhood in China because his parent(s) were in the military or something. He speaks perfect Chinese in many different dialects and films himself going to Chinese restaurants and other ethnic hangouts. He'll play ignorant for a few minutes then bust out his perfect Chinese while filming their reactions. His American English accent doesn't have any Chinese in it, though. Pretty fun to watch when you're bored.


Sosojoey1

What’s his name/channel?


Gone_For_Lunch

Just search white guy speaks Chinese. He’ll be the first thing that pops up.


ijoinedtosay

[Hmmmm](https://imgur.com/6hrkMZ6.jpg)


alwayshearafunkybeat

Xiaomanyc


FITM-K

Jesus that sounds miserable. I'm white and used to live in China and speak fluent Chinese (well, _spoke_, it's been years since I've been there so it's probably pretty shit now). For me that constant "wow you can speak Chinese!?" reaction got old really fast. It just felt really patronizing and kind of depressing to me knowing that when people see you their assumption is always going to be that you are incapable of functioning even at the level of a child in the country that you live in. And it gets old when you're just trying to eat some fucking noodles and the whole restaurant is making a big deal out of the fact that you speak Chinese and are using chopsticks. Which will happen literally every single time you go out to do anything anywhere outside of the big coastal cities, and sometimes in those cities too depending on the neighborhood you're in.


klodmoris

If i'm not mistaken, the guy in question lives in NY not, so it's a bit more surprising for the people he talks to.


FITM-K

Oh yeah, hahaha that's a different thing. I've definitely freaked out Chinese tourists in the US a couple times by speaking Chinese. But that's usually a pleasant experience because often after the initial surprise they're really pleased to encounter someone they can speak with, and I don't mind the practice either since it doesn't happen much where I live


LUXURYPOETRY

Did you ever pretend you didn’t speak Chinese just to avoid attention?


FITM-K

Yes, pretty frequently tbh. (Although I should say mostly while traveling. In the place where you live, even if it's not a city with a lot of foreigners, the folks at your favorite restaurants etc will get used to you so you don't have to deal with it so much after the first couple months.) It was also a useful haggling tactic sometimes, because a white person is never going to get a good price in a haggling situation without some kind of leverage. If you can speak Chinese you can hang around and listen to the prices locals are getting for an item you want, and then when the seller quotes you a price that's way higher than that you just politely ask if you can have the same price that he just gave to that Chinese customer, and that often worked. (I have no idea if this would still work or this is even still a thing in the WeChat era though. I left China just as that was starting, paying for things with cash and haggling was quite common in a lot of circumstances but I think that has changed since then)


drewster23

You literally described one of his videos (I believe it's him) and he's talking to some Chinese women in China I believe some village, saying simple questions and greetings. And they go back and forth few times (in Chinese) before she says "you speak Chinese?/you understand?"(still all speaking in Chinese) It's like they hear/understand the words are Chinese but because it came from a white dude they got confused.


FITM-K

Yeah I'm not surprised at all. Like if you go somewhere with a Chinese person, even after people know you speak Chinese they will address every question, including questions about you, to the Chinese person you're with.


AiSard

There's a glut of polyglot youtube channels that, in my opinion at least, get around this by switching up the language/dialect multiple times. "wow you can speak ____!?" can get old for sure. Especially because there's not really a good response. Except for multilinguals, they can just chain that in to asking about the other persons' languages, then switch to match. Patronizing (which is possibly just in your head anyways) can't really survive that and turns to awe or begrudging respect. imo anyways. I love talking about the differences inherent in languages as a bilingual, so its usually a jump-off point to talk about that for me. But then again, I don't stick out like a sore thumb, so I can avoid the whole thing when I'm not in the mood. Which isn't really something in the cards for some, especially in some locales that barely see foreigners.


FITM-K

> especially in some locales that barely see foreigners. Yeah that's probably a big part of why I'm sort of salty about it to be honest. For a variety of reasons I ended up in those kinds of places a lot, and it just gets frustrating after a while. Especially in combination with the other stuff like being stared at, etc. — in one town I literally caused a traffic slowdown once; I was shoveling snow out of someone's courtyard using a cart, and the combination of a white person being in that place at all and probably also a white person doing physical labor like that seemed to break people's brains.


Positive_Instruction

It's Laoma Chris for everyone who's looking for the channel. https://youtube.com/c/LaomaChris


PickledPlumPlot

>His American English accent doesn't have any Chinese in it, though. So... he's not like the guy described in the post lmao. Because like the whole point is a White Guy having a Chinese accent when speaking English


Dansredditname

Got to admit, first time I met an English-speaking ethnically Chinese German the accent really threw me.


Gone_For_Lunch

Met a British born Gurkha officer once, being so used to hearing Gurkhas speak with a Nepalese accent it confused the fuck outta me hearing him speak with a thick brummie accent.


BexberryMuffin

Suspiciously Dave Chappelle.


hothololonn2

these people exist laowhy did a video on one


cmilkrun

Thx haha


desturbed

Dan Schreiber- Australian born, raised in Shanghai, now lives in uk. NSTASF ftw


HeadlinePickle

I know a guy born in the UK and raised in Malaysia and Singapore. He is super ginger and had the accent when he first came back to the UK, had to learn to speak more British because people thought he was being racist.


ZopyrionRex

I love this. I met a white Jamaican guy one time, pretty hilarious.


Gone_For_Lunch

There’s a comedian called White Yardie, born in England, raised in Jamaica. People have a hard time differentiating between nationality and ethnicity.


KrautHonkyCracker

There are a ton of ethnically Chinese Jamaicans that speak in a Jamaican accent. It's confusing as hell


Double_Fabulous

I’m sure still he’d be in high demand


Heblas

Yeah, Steve Jenkins. Friends with Lee Mack.


DrowZeeMe

The white Jamaican dad is a trip


tpd1864blake

https://youtube.com/watch?v=njn6krU3tQ8


megs-benedict

Knew a kid in high school who had a Chinese accent. Asked him if he spoke Mandarin or Cantonese, and he said he doesn’t speak Chinese!!! Learned the accent form his parents who worked hard to make him a great English speaker, which he is!!! Also my American sister has kids in Australia with an Australian man… kids were born and raised there… and have American accents. I’m curious to see if they adopt Aussie accent in their teens.


mklinger23

There's a YouTube channel of a white Thai guy like this.


blurred-decision

This made me laugh out loud. I dated a Brazilian guy once who was adopted and raised in my country, in a region with a different language and very specific accent when speaking the national language. When he first talked to me I was completely confused by this. I imagine he encounters this confusion all the time.


TheOtherLimpMeat

I once met an English teacher while travelling in northern China. He was from Glasgow and had the thickest accent I've ever heard. Cracks me up to think of whole classes of Chinese kids sounding like that.


fujicakes00

Now this is a showerthought.


Col0nelFlanders

Lol thank you I made this post on my old account. Unfortunately I think the “person” who posted this tribute is actually a bot account, judging by their account age and 0 comment history


humanessinmoderation

This isn't very specific. This is literally describing what happens when you are born and/or raised in a country where you don't look like the dominant ethnic group *and* don't speak English in a way, in this case Americans, would expect.


Col0nelFlanders

I initially wrote this post on my old account a couple years ago. Someone reposted this last year with the exact same title. 99% certain this is a bot repost, judging by the poster’s account age and 0 comment history


wolfgang784

Reminds me of a post I saw on here before. I think maybe AITA? Been a while Anyway - he was *white* white despite being part native Jamaican (his siblings could not pass as white, but he was white white) and his parents and grandparents and great grandparents all lived there. He grew up in Jamaica and didn't leave till he was college aged. But since he was born and raised there, he has that heavy Jamaican accent. He also wore his hair in dreads because he had the hair for it, didn't get that part of being white. So once he was in college in the US, people at school took great offense to his "cultural appropriation" and "racism" for his "fake" accent and styling his hair that way. The ones with common sense took his proof of being born and raised there as real and apologized and dropped the topic. Some though - the SJW Karen's in training - refused to drop the topic and said since he passes as white he isnt "allowed" to keep the accent and such and had to try and break himself of it and speak with an American accent instead. That conflict was the purpose of the AITA post though, so I dunno past that.


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There's a lot. There was even a white kid born and raised in Singapore and speaks singlish


NTFirehorse

I'm white (redhead with freckles) and natively fluent in Spanish. That is amazing to a lot of people. But more to OP's point, I once spoke Spanish with a woman who looked pretty much just like me. I told her I was impressed by her Spanish and then switched back to English. She didn't follow suit because she barely spoke English and had a heavy Mexican accent. At first I literally didn't believe her, but it turned out she was OP's idea of a white person adopted and raised in another country without learning English, which she spoke poorly and with an accent.


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My mum used to teach a white girl who was raised in Jamaica with a really thick accent.


palaminocamino

I worked with a guy in Queens, born and raised in Trinidad, but a 6’ 4” blonde, blue eyed, white dude. Had the thickest accent you’ve ever heard, the looks people would give him on the subway were hilarious.


Momochichi

I once met a white guy in Thailand who spoke English with a Thai accent, apparently because he grew up and went to school there.


theres_no_truth

There was a U.S. citizen who defected to North Korea, James Dresnok. I can’t find the documentary, but his two white kids in it have North Korean accents and speak broken English.


kumkuat300

I have to find the video now but there was a white reggae artist that was raised in Jamaica that did an interview on youtube. He was basically accused of cultural appropriation because he was white and had to remind them multiple times he literally spent his entire life in Jamaica.


MJ_Duke

Arsenal Fan White Yardie?


whitecollarpizzaman

Not Chinese, but I saw a video a while back of a white guy who grew up in the Caribbean, I believe Jamaica. He spoke literally as you would expect somebody from Jamaica to speak, but so many people online were calling him a racist, or accusing him of appropriation. It wasn’t until one of his former classmates showed a legitimate picture of him in their school yearbook that the Internet stopped roasting him alive.


mysticalfruit

A buddy of mine is an older grey haired guy who spent a couple decades wandering around China. He speaks pitch perfect mandarin with a local accent. On several occasions he's heard people talking trash about him / situation / etc and he's politely reminded them that they should take care in how they speak, you never know who might be listening. The responses have vacillated between confusion, embarrassment or anger.


tommy29016

Seen it.


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You mean you totally didn't copy this from that video of exactly this same sentence which then shows a white guy who grew up in China speaking with an accent? Welcome to the internet, karma bot!


OriginalName687

I saw this on a show. I think it was Psych but I not positive. He worked at a Chinese restaurant and had a full Chinese accent. They called him out for it to which he replied “I was raised in china. This is how I talk.” I’m a thick Chinese accent and was absolutely hilarious and probably racist.


Wild0tters

This is an exact comedy point in a psych episode. Was definitely a funny bit.


dj_calzy

This exact thing has happened, there are some documentaries about it including this one - https://youtu.be/psr0K33j-vM Which, funnily enough, shows that original post at the beginning...


LosWasabi

While working at Verizon, I talked to a Chinese woman who had moved to Australia. Quite the interesting blend of accents.


decepter52

I just watched an episode of Psych where this is the case lol


thedjsubii

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Doesn't even need to be adopted, sometimes people go to work in China and their Children can be like this


Sanji527

I know a guy who is Chinese and Portuguese and was raised between Macau, Australia and Portugal. Now he lives in Portugal and speaks portuguese almost perfectly but with some english words and phrasings in the mix. He looks more asian, though, so people always think he does it on purpose, maybe to look more "gangsta". He is actually a great guy and is always trying to perfect his portuguese!


Asylumstrength

Flashbacks: there is and there's a video https://youtu.be/HylaY5e1awo