What’s wrong with ching chong?
Don’t be someone you don’t like.
I was listening to my teacher and taking notes when a girl in front of me suddenly said “ching chong.”
I immediately told him that he was rude to say that. He quickly covered his mouth with his hand and said “Sorry” because he was surprised.
People in our school say that this girl is one of the best students. I don’t know if he said what he said by accident or not, but he probably said it because he didn’t know the story behind the word “ching-chong.”
“Ching chong” and “ching chang chong” are derogatory terms that English speakers sometimes use to make fun of Chinese, Chinese, or other East Asian or Southeast Asian people who are considered Chinese. We Filipinos are also sometimes called “Ching chong” and “Ching chang chong”.
These words come from a time when there was a lot of bullying, racism, and racial discrimination. These words can be used to spread hatred, bigotry, and dislike. These words are like knives being thrown over and over again at many people, even children. And these words are more proof that someone with a good education can still be stupid, racist, and cruel.
I have seen websites, people and organizations use expressions to protest China’s actions in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and the bad behavior of some Chinese tourists in the Philippines and other parts of the world. But are these protesters different from the people they seek to convert? After all, the problem of WPS and the bad behavior of some Chinese tourists is due to the fact that they think of us as inferior to them and that our country is not as good as theirs. This makes them think that they have the right to act badly towards us.
“Ching chong” and “ching chang chong,” on the other hand, are both ways of thinking. They are also often used to show off one’s superiority over people who are perceived to speak English poorly or not at all, such as immigrants, people of color, and other minorities.
People who use labels to make fun of and insult others think that they are better and more important than other people. This kind of bigotry helps no one. When protesters say “ching chong” and “ching chang chong” to criticize what China is doing to the Philippines, they make things worse, not better. Whether they realize it or not, they become the type of people they criticize. Whether they meant it or not, they spread hatred against an entire race of people and made it worse. What the Chinese government does does not represent what the Chinese do.
One day, this kind of hatred could lead to mental health problems, the suicide of someone being bullied, or outright violence against immigrants or minority groups. Hate can lead to harassment, intimidation, and even mass murder and massacre, as happens when anti-immigrant rhetoric is used against blacks, Mexicans, Jews, and, yes, Asians in the US and elsewhere. People who spread this kind of hate are just as guilty as people who commit crimes. They have blood on their hands.
It’s possible that “ching chong” and “ching chang chong” are just words. But words can give life or take it away. “Ching chong” and “ching chang chong” are hateful and evil words that can kill. Protest, create memes and jokes are more creative, but be careful with loaded words. Before you use them, make sure you know what they mean, where they come from, and what they might do.