Are You A Natural ‘Racist’: Here’s A Test

March 11, 2017

In my younger cynical days, I would naturally begrudge the Professor his ingenious masterminding the world’s most comely publicity-eager stunt on the Internet (in hopes of selling more books of course:-) effected by the agency of an exotic cast of cameo characters incorporating even the tenderest of the unweaned.

Allow me here though to be serious for a moment to pose this sober question: for those ‘unprejudiced’ viewers i.e., being fully unconscious of any background intro to the video at all, who initially came to the subconscious assumption that she was the ‘foreign domestic maid/babysitter’ — a dutifully diligent one no less, clambering on all fours just to do right by her master — are these viewers (I was one of them, had to come clean) deserving to be labeled ‘ethnic chauvinist’ or worse, ‘racist’, guilty of the sins of racial stereotyping??? (Did you pass the test? … be honest now.)

Daddy’s working! Brilliant moment a BBC expert’s live interview is gatecrashed by his curious children and a…
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3/11/17
Wimi Bussard replied:
I thought it was his wife because a professor usually isn’t that rich to hire a nanny.
Like: 2

Lester Kok replied:
1 minute ago
Swell 🙂 … you’re ahead of most of us then. But hey, pls don’t fault me — didn’t the penny-pinching prof dressed his old woman like a dowdy, plain-Jane, maid-like frump, effectuating the gratuitous misunderstanding:-))

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3/13/17

AGF fans AGF fans3 hours ago (edited) Highlighted reply:

I think the misunderstanding is not only about her being Asian, but how she handled the situation and seemed to panic, which add to the fun and makes you think that she must be the nanny…. because a Northern European mother would most surely just have walked in and picked up her children in a casual looking way, as if it was no big problem … so i think it’s a cultural thing … his wife seem desperate because she do not want him to lose face, while a Northern European wife would just find the situation to be all together funny herself.

Lester Kok

All for good guy, you’re real bad … not just are you 100% guilty of the above but worse, a regionalist supremacist you are to boot 🙂 Mothers across the other side of the pond must be seething over yr bias and prejudice … having now been implicated (thru yr deliberate omission in mention) as mothers (of America) to be as servile and complaisant to a fault on all fours as their Asian counterparts in pleasing their men in the house/office as exemplified by the above vid. Herp derp, who says there isn’t inherent differences in East-West cultural values, norms and perceptions.
AGF fans
AGF fans 41 minutes ago (edited) Highlighted reply
I’m not from America but from Scandinavia where we have equal rights between men and women for real …no native born Scandinavian wife would ever act like an Asian or American woman in this situation … and this is exactly my point … she act as she does because of her Asian culture … it’s as simple as that … and to a Scandinavian it makes her look like a servant, though in reality she is doing it to save him from losing face according to her Asian culture … there is nothing racist about it, just a cultural difference that makes people see her behavior from a diffrent point of view, which you apparently are not able to grasp… …

Lester Kok

Lester Kok  1 second ago responded:

Me ‘not able to grasp’? 🙂 sure, now we’re really getting lost in translation.

AGF fans
Irony if that is what it is ?, is most often lost on paper .. and even more often lost in translation….

Lester Kok1 second ago responded:

Touché, I couldn’t have said it better myself, all for good guy.
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March 15, 2017

Indigo Rebel

Indigo Rebel36 seconds ago Highlighted reply
Lester Kok Yea its a bit of deep ingrained racism. I had the thought myself. We judge the situation and criticize what we see almost immediately. Catching ourselves is how we stop those thoughts from coming back in future situations.

Lester Kok

Thanks Indigo for chiming in. Well, actually the intended message of my post is a lot more nuanced. Below is a cut-n-paste of my response elsewhere to another poster regarding this subject of what you termed ‘ingrained racism’. ……………………………………………………………….
(responding to a reply elsewhere…)
If you read between the lines of my post carefully, there are 3 main points it attempts to highlight:
1) It’s only human that we make ‘natural’ but inchoate impression/assumption in our daily encounter based on the ‘color’ of our life experiences, i.e., subconsciously or otherwise our observations are informed by our inherent biases and inclinations as conditioned by our individual culture and upbringing.
2. Subconscious stereotyping is not a sin for the simple fact that ethnic and cultural stereotypes do exist everywhere; stereotyping sb subconsciously is not equal to being a racist and conversely, it is not necessarily discrimination if one felt he/she has been stereotyped by sb. Those who initially thought she is the nanny would very likely form the majority of the viewers.
3. There are distinct, inveterate customs and conventions peculiar to different cultures … in this case it may be dubbed the East-West difference in spousal-parental obligation/obsequiousness — a Western wife/mother would most unlikely to go on all fours to remedy the situation. You are not incorrect in opining that ‘the way she acted seemed more consistent with her being a nanny than her being his wife’, based on yr Western cultural perspective.
4. I would be remiss here if I did not quickly correct any ensuing misperception stemming from my post that I had suspected the vid to be some pre-staged stunt at gleaning publicity; no it isn’t, not in the least. Here’s a link — for any remaining doubting Thomases out there — that would definitively give the lie to any such unwarranted misgiving. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4301832/It-s-hilarious-says-grandmother-toddlers-viral-video.html
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3/16/17

quickstep

quickstep33 seconds ago Highlighted reply:
I doubt that you really talk this this (sic). Looking up all those words on google would take too much time for a real life conversation.

Lester Kok

Quickstep, you are right about differences in grammar and style between the spoken and the written word. The diction in speaking is a lot more informal and relaxed, whereas in writing, syntax and grammar need be observed lest it reflect negatively on the writer personally. Yes, there are infinite ways in literary expression of the same idea/message involving so many various tones and styles and rhetorical devices; the written English words are indeed a highly protean form of communication…that’s the beauty of the language.
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