::every cloud has a silver lining:: @ ::天無絕人之路 ~:~ 明天會更好:: @ ::tiān wú jué rén zhīlù ~:~ míngtiān huì gènghǎo:: @ ::天無絕人之路 ~:~ 明天會更好:: @ ::tiān wú jué rén zhīlù ~:~ míngtiān huì gènghǎo:: @ ::every cloud has a silver lining::


Nov 3, 2009

ക White Thoughts..Yellow Skin

November 03 2009 a great Bananic day for this maiden post. Don't get me wrong when I refer 'white thoughts..yellow skin' that does not connect me to be a racist just emphasising on the colors of nature. Some brief introduction on "Banana People" or in Mandarin "香蕉人" {xiāngjiāorén} according to the MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary - "banana person (yellow outside, white inside) / mildly pejorative term used by Chinese for assimilated Asian Americans / Westernized person of Asian appearance". Our parents may have their own specific reasons to send us to English schools. Sometimes Bananaz are ridiculed by the acronym of 'OCBC' Bank - 'Orang China Bukan China' meaning "Chinese but not Chinese". There are many criteria to be considered bona fide Chinese, but the most important of all is not to "wàng běn"{忘本} forget your roots. The wise men said, "if you don't speak or write the Chinese language "méiwèntí" {没问题} no problem, can learn and pick up later but most crucial must know how to write your own Chinese name in full." That's easy Bananaz..yoo hoo..!!!For those Bananaz or non Chinese who have all the passion and burning desire to learn how to read, write and speak Mandarin language this is a must weblog for you, click HERE for your online lessons with MeiChun lǎoshī who is committed to share her invaluable experiences.
MeiChun Jones (Jeannie)

This Is It..have to end here and will try to gather what the "names calling" from English educated vs Mandarin educated in my next post. Would like to share this brilliant poem that I found in one of the dormant blog "Short Horse Tales" in which author, LeeMeiEe expressed her Bananaz feelings superbly. Learning is for learning sake and its for one self and nobody can ever take that knowledge away from you. I have to agree to her point we cannot take care of too many things in life moreover I am also SAM - 'Saya Anak Malaysia', even though my beloved mama said I came from a stone most likely I suspected from Jupiter; would be even better if from Krypton then I'll be SuperBananaz.

We are named after this beloved fruit
Whose skin outside is yellow to suit,
Whose fruit inside is white as off-white could be,
How? You might wonder, did this stereotype come to be?

Well, we too, sport a yellow skin,
But our tongues wag white, which is not in kin
“If you don’t speak Chinese….,” so they say,
“You are not Chinese enough!” and that’s the way.

Our own kind deem to treat us like weed,
And that hurts very much indeed,
We dream of a nation united, is always the case,
But how could that be, when united we are not as a race?

Call us whatever name you like,
Banana People are strong as a dyke
Within us, there is NO colour divide
Within us, UNITY will reach far and wide

10 Bunchesஇ:

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

CONGRATES on this maiden post! I love the colour of banana -outside and inside! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts:)

Thanks for the link to the Mandarin lessons . Will definitely let my daughter know as she's started lessons. I'll be popping in to be taught too when I have mre time on my hands as the blog competition is on. The votes for the first month is on till 5 Nov. So, it's not too late , to vote for me! Thanks v much.

Bananaz said...

Thanks for slipping by with your peel and kind comment, good posting on temple..this is what Bananaz need to find out more about what god, who god, which god and where god. You've got one vote good luck.

Pete said...

Ha ha, I am one too!

Bananaz said...

Hello Pete thanks for slipping by need more peels for enyzme, have followed you, yo put me to shame with your fine cooking stills.

foongpc said...

Hi Bananaz! Thanks for inviting me over to your blog!

Lucky I know how to write my name in Mandarin! Haha!

Thanks for recommending MeiChun's blog - I am definitely going to visit her blog more often to learn some Mandarin words and sing Mandarin songs! : )

MeiChun Jones (Jeannie) said...

Wow...Bananaz, thanks for the link. I appreciate it! Your blog is funny with that "shíjiān bù gòu yòng", upside down dancing banana and the little banana with the funny hair.

I'm suffering from shíjiān bù gòu yòng

Bananaz said...

Hello foongpc thanks for slipping by and your kind peels, welcome to the club. Like your blog, nice & fun and the lovely pictures. I love to "eat air" haha travel.
Most welcome, glad I found MeiChun laoshi learn quite a lot Mandarin now.

Bananaz said...

Hello MeiChun laoshi thanks for slipping by. So happy to have found your blog and all the interesting and wonderful lessons so far. The MDBG is like a god-send from heaven cannot live without. Xiexie

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

Congratulations on the commencement of your fun blog! As a newbie, technically, you are already well ahead of me in blog design. Wishing you good luck and many many more fun posts. Welcome to the world of blogging.

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