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When Chinese People in America Expect You to Speak Their Language

I have to be honest about my dealings with some foreigners here in the United States. I am a realist who upholds moral equality and natural rights for all. However, I do not appreciate the shrewd, mean-spirited behavior that I receive from some people living here who expect me to know their language and adopt their customs.

Yesterday, I was doing a delivery for a courier service that I temporarily work for (a side-hustle as I build my ventures). I went into an Asian market to pickup Chinese food from a restaurant located in the building. The name was “Hong Kong” something. After going in and looking around at the various eateries, I did not see the restaurant. I stopped at a merchant booth for help. I asked the Asian man if that particular restaurant was located in this building. He responded, “Yes, it’s right over there,” pointing in the direction of a few eateries against the wall.

I responded, “I don’t see the name…I see Korean BBQ, ‘something else,’ ‘something else.’ Where is it?”

He again directed me to the same location, vaguely, without identifying exactly which one. I then noticed that one of the restaurant’s sign was not in English, but Chinese. I said, “I see that restaurant with Chinese language. Is that it? I don’t read Chinese.”

After figuring out that that eatery was the place I was looking for, I began to walk away toward the restaurant. He quickly responded, “That’s too bad!” His demeanor was shrill and unkind. I felt as though he wanted to grind into me some type of guilt for not knowing how to read Chinese—even though we were in the United States, my own country.

I responded, “You’re in the United States,” and then proceeded to walk away. He didn’t like that. It seemed to have made his blood boil.

Well, isn’t that too bad for the racist Chinese man who seems to lack awareness of where he resides. He is in the United States of America whose official national language is English. Am I supposed to know other languages or cultural traditions in order to reasonably communicate and show respect in my own country? I think not.

I happen to be a white American citizen. There is nothing inherently wrong or shameful about that. I am sick and tired of the attitude I discern among some people of other ethnicities, and the politicians who press guilt down our throats. Some immigrants come here and want to shove their culture down my throat as if am morally obligated to conform to their foreign customs, culture and language in order to not be a racist.

However, I am NOT a racist, but one who honors the Golden Rule by treating all individuals equally under moral law according to their conduct—regardless of their ethnicity, religion, sexual identity or orientation. Let’s not throw merit out the door. After all, MLK declared that we should treat people based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. What ever happened to that tenet? It’s not being embraced by today’s Democratic Party.

If people come to the United States legally, that’s fine, but let them assimilate to our customs and traditions without forcing theirs down out throats. I would be heavily ridiculed if I showed up in another nation and got mad each time someone didn’t know English or respect my customs and courtesies from America. When people immigrate to the United States, they have the freedom to speak their nation of origin’s language and even express themselves according to their foreign customs—but don’t expect us to assimilate nor understand. You came here!

That’s like me going to Japan on perhaps a work visa or to become a citizen, which is very hard, unlike foreigners who emigrate to the U.S. If I worked in a commercial store in Japan that consisted of mostly Americans from the United States, who spoke English among themselves, it would be absurdly rude for me to expect native Japanese people who visited the store to know English and read the signs. I would help Japanese people interpret navigate their way around the store by interpreting the language and explaining what things meant for them—especially if I were speaking JAPANESE to them in their own country!

That is exactly what happened here only in the inverse. Here was an Asian man (likely Chinese), residing in the United States and speaking ENGLISH to me, a patron in the store.

In stead of showing respect for where he is (the USA), and noticing that I am a White American who is not from his nation of origin, he acts as if I am in China and complaining that people aren’t speaking English for me. This is outrageous.

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