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Q: Is it funny to ridicule Chinese names?

The following went to air live in Oakland , California

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1JYHNX8pdo

 

For those that can't get YouTube, it named the pilots on the crashed Asiana airliner as: Captain Sum Ting Wong; Wi Tu Lo; Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. It wasn't until later that the presenter realised they were fake names.

 

Is this typical of the insensitivity of all foreigners? Do they not realise they hurt the feelings of all Chinese people?

 

 

5 years 48 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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Those names are written in Cantonese pinyin (jyutping). I'm sure most Hong Kongers can take a joke.

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Well it shows they're ignorant about different kinds of Asian names. Ho Lee Fuk is like half-Korean half-Vietnamese, Bang Ding Ow sounds almost like Burmese, Sum Ting Wong, maybe that's half-Cantonese half-Korean. So Wi Tu Lo is the only Chinese-sounding one.

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I think it was a horrible joke because two kids died. The name thing doesn't really bug me. I always laugh at jokes about "Patti O'Table" and "Sean D'olear" as well. 

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What I'm surprised about is that NO-ONE picked up on it!! I mean, that's been a joke for YEARS!!!!!

 

I'm quite sure that if other language's names have similar sounds/meanings in Chinese, it'd be a right laugh as well!! This is humour... humour is for laughing...

 

By the same token (if we choose not to laugh), then do we get all uppity if we keep hearing 'nage nage'??

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I do not think it is funny to ridicule anyones name in a news broadcast, especially when it is linked to a very real tragedy. People died, people were injured and some are paralyzed because of this crash. 

Whoever was responsible needs to be disciplined.

 

As to your second question, I dont think it is limited only to foreigners.  I think it is human nature.

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Of course that incident (the joke names) was in poor taste and probably offensive to many. But mickey taking of names if done in fun, and in taking into account the sensibilities of your audience of course it can be fun.

 

My father (now deceased) would have had no end of fun with Wan Ke bakers, or Fuk Yu jewelers (both genuine shops in Nanning btw). I however would have been shuddering with the potential embarrassment as I'm sure he would not have 'taken into account the sensibilities of his audience', but that was my father.

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I have an Asian name and the making fun of didn't hurt my feelings nor made me feel ridiculed. Making fun of names happens for all nations or languages. I make fun of my cousins' African and European names regularly.

What was insensitive and inappropriate in that situation is that a tragedy happened where people lost their lives and they made a joke out of it.

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Na Chinese have a great sense of humour. They love to laugh. How often do you see them point at you and giggle?

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it is not racist. because you are not mocking anything about the race you are mocking the sounds when said in your own language . it is funny but it is disrespectful and rude.

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yes.

my chinese name is: won hung lo

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Frankly, Chinese are so into belittling other cultures and holding theirs on some kind of pedestal that things like this really don't get a rise from me. Maybe if China could respect non-Chinese cultures, I would find it wrong, but that is not the case. And frankly, these jokes aren't exclusively aimed at East Asian names...you never tried to get your teachers to ask for a student named Mike Hootch in middle school?

This particular joke was very tasteless. Not because it ridiculed EA names, but because it was making light of something that killed people. You can't make stupid jokes about a crash while over 100 victims are still recovering in hospitals. That's just sick.

On a side note--it just goes to show you how irresponsible 'journalism' is, these days. I get it that they thought they got the info from NTSB, but seriously--no one took one look at that and decided to investigate? Here is an organization of people who allegedly make a living obtaining, analyzing, and distributing information to the public, and not one of them raised an eyebrow and decided to spend a few seconds on Google? It really wouldn't have taken much research to learn that the NTSB almost never gives out pilot names in these things...and would never do so this soon after an accident that is this high profile. The news org deserved all the crap it got for this, just because it was so blatantly too lazy to do a minimal amount of reseach.

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Well Post, I am a big believer in posting comments on sites to let the blog authors know that they have added  something beneficial to the world wide web!

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