What does Caucasian Chinese mean?
Caucasian Chinese are Chinese people of Caucasian descent. While the word “Caucasian” can be problematic, members of this community prefer it to “white”, “Western”, “European”, “Euro-American” etc. Some of these terms are useful in their own right, but none of them are adequate to describe all Caucasian Chinese people.
Please note that Caucasian Chinese is an identity, and ultimately whether one considers themselves to be Caucasian Chinese is a personal choice. We do not judge, and any individual who identifies as Caucasian Chinese will be accepted and embraced by this community, regardless of nationality, citizenship, or appearance.
In China, Caucasian Chinese are considered to be People of Non-Yellowness (PoNY), along with African Chinese and Arab Chinese, among others.
Do you have to be born in China to be Caucasian Chinese?
No. Many Caucasian Chinese people emigrated from other countries to China. This can happen at any age, and there is no “cut-off line”. Also, some people who may appear to be Caucasian Chinese may identify differently, Russian Chinese, for example.
What is Yellow Privilege?
Please refer to this page, published by one of our sister-subs, for a fantastic explanation of privilege. Yellow Privilege is enjoyed by the dominant racial group in China, the Han Chinese. We use “yellow” as it makes this form of privilege easily understood by those already familiar with the commonly used term White Privilege.
Also, Yellow people (黄种人) is a commonly-used and socially-acceptable term in the Mandarin Chinese language. The equivalent scientific term is actually Mongoloid but as it is seen as pejorative nowadays, just like negroid, we avoid using it. “White” people aren’t really white either, rather a pinkish complexion, and most “black” people are actually brown-skinned. It’s just a word, as long as it’s not used with the intent to hurt, it’s fine.
What is yellowsplaining?
Yellowsplaining is condescending, inaccurate explanations on Caucasian Chinese issued from the perspective of an Asian Chinese, delivered with misplaced confidence because they, as the Asian Chinese (member of the privileged group), know best (See also, mansplaining, cissplaining etc)
What is yellowwashing?
Yellowwashing is the practice in which a person (director, producer, a fan, etc.) takes a character who is originally of non-yellowness in canon work, and replaces them with an Asian Chinese actor. It is also used to describe the entertainment industry’s attempt to make a PoNY (People of Non-Yellowness) character look more “yellow” in order to appeal to the yellow masses. Yellowwashing does not only happen in the entertainment or writing industry, Chinese history has been yellowwashed as well.
What is the KFCeiling?
The KFCeiling is the Caucasian Chinese equivalent of the Bamboo Ceiling. “KFC” refers to a common way Caucasian Chinese are stereotyped in China, just as “bamboo” alludes to similar disadvantages faced by the equivalent minority group in the United States, Asian Americans.
What is Caucasian Fetish (Also known as White Fetish, White Fever, Caucasian Fever)?
Caucasian Fetish is a term for an interest, strong attraction or preference for people, culture, or things of Caucasian origin by those of Asian Chinese descent. This is an extreme case of objectification, and is frowned upon by this community. It also reinforces negative stereotypes, for example that Caucasian Chinese men have oversized genitals, a hurtful and non-scientific slur that is based on outdated self-reported surveys.
What is a microaggression?
A Microaggression is a form of “unintended discrimination”. It is depicted by the use of known social norms of behavior and/or expression that, while without conscious choice of the user, has the same effect as conscious, intended discrimination. For example, complimenting a Caucasian Chinese person’s Chinese language ability is a common one, as is rushing to get them a fork to eat with, or complimenting facial features that are stereotypically Caucasian.
What words does this community consider to be offensive?
Terms such as 外国人 (waiguoren) and 老外 (laowei) are racial slurs and considered highly offensive by most posters here. This is because they literally and figuratively posit us as The Other, and exclude us from mainstream discourse. Please note, though, that we reserve the right to use these terms to describe ourselves. If in doubt, avoid using these words, saying “The W-Word” or “The L-Word” will suffice. If typing the words in full in Chinese or English is unavoidable, then please attach a trigger warning. In addition, all words and expressions that could offend people from any disadvantaged group are banned from this subreddit.
What is an Uncle Tim?
An Uncle Tim is the Caucasian Chinese equivalent of an Uncle Tom, ie. someone who behaves in a subservient manner to Asian Chinese people, or any person perceived to be complicit in the oppression of Caucasian Chinese people. Uncle Tims will be banned from this sub without warning.
You guys are white, what right do you have to cry racism?
It is very sad that we have to hear this on a regular basis and need to actively moderate the discussion platform to remove such blatantly fallacious statements and keep the tone civil. It is NOT about some kind of racial hierarchy, and who needs it the most. It is about equal treatment for all. This is an inclusive space. African-Americans, Asian-Americans or Hispanic-Americans living in the upper middle class do not have less of a right to be militant anti-racists because they are comparably well-off. That’s a fallacy.
Caucasian Chinese men and women can’t participate in their country’s politics, have a hard time gaining employment outside some restrictive and volatile niches, are microaggressed on a daily basis, and are seen as perpetual outsiders by the native population and the government, despite the fact that tens of thousands of them are married, have half-Caucasian Chinese or full-Caucasian Chinese children born in the country, and have invested assets. That’s a fact.
Look at the list of former presidents and the list of Chinese billionaires. How many Caucasian-Chinese or African-Chinese people are there?
We thankfully don’t get much of this nowadays, but it was a real plague when we got started. Realize that this is an inclusive space, and as such, we support the rights and recognition of Caucasian Chinese as a whole entity, not one forever sub- and sub-sub-divided. The subreddit dedicated to the rights and recognition of African Chinese is currently very inactive, so discussions relative to them are very welcome here if they follow the rules and reddiquette.
Why don’t you go back to your own country?
China is our country.
What are some common stereotypes of Caucasian Chinese people?
Caucasian Chinese are a diverse group, so we are also the victim of a diverse range of stereotypes. There are too many to be listed here, but some of the most common ones include:
We can’t use chopsticks
We can’t speak Chinese, nor ever learn to read it
We can only eat certain foods, eg. hamburgers, pizza, bread, cheese
We can’t eat spicy food
We all speak English
We are all blonde, blue-eyed, and hairy, with high nose bridges
We can drink a lot
We have oversized reproductive organs (this applies to both men and women)
We are creative but bad at math
We are temporary residents in China
We don’t love our families as much as Asian Chinese people do
We are promiscuous and hyper-sexual
See also ExpatRights.org