Brief mention: Chink, the slur 8/30/12

From the Economist, “A neglected crisis”, on the Assam region of India, 8/25, p. 30:

Assam [in the northeast of India], easily its biggest state, is one of India’s poorest. North-easterns look different: a Manipuri teacher in Pune [in Maharashtra, in west-central India] says everyone from passers-by to his pupils calls him, offensively, “Chinky”.

That’s Chink as in ‘Chinese’, Assam being close to China and Myanmar (the westernmost country in southeast Asia, or Indo-China). On Chink as a slur, see my “Chink files” posting.


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