Originally Posted by KepongPower
Sometimes, ppl with only english speaking background are brought up thinking (maybe not instilled by parents but by whatever??) that the english language is superior--maybe that is why the whole looking-down thing happens. For the not-so-fluent-in-english-but-so-good-in-chinese-that-they-can-debate-in-chinese ppl, when they are "discriminated" they created a term BANANA !!! hee hee :P
i am sick and tired of this stereotyping of bananas. what, you think only bananas are capable of acting superior? as if chinese speakers are the epitome of humility and are not capable of hau lian
-ness. my ass! if you have a chinese face but don't speak a word of chinese, try buying something from a typical chinese taukeh and see if you are made to feel inferior!
that is why i wrote:
i think those who ridicule others for not speaking a certain language well are plain jerks.
language has no bearing on one's ability or intelligence. some people are good at languages but nothing else. some are great mathematicians but can;t spell to save their souls. some are great orators/debaters but can't count for shit.
judge someone by his/her ability, not by how well he/she speaks a language. english is overrated. if you want to employ an engineer and have 2 candidates, one with broken english but better engineering credentials, and another with perfect english but can't do the job, will you take the perfect english speaker just because he sounds good？same goes for other languages.
of course, if the job demands that you have perfect english, like an english teacher, then it's a no-brainer that you should have perfect english. otherwise, we are overrating english (and all other languages for that matter) and missing the woods for the trees.