Thursday, March 09, 2006

IT'S NOT OFFENSIVE. REALLY. GO AHEAD.

so what do you do when your MIL feels free to use the term "chink"?

MIL: "daddy used to work with this man who was really smart but kind of weird. but he was a chink."

me: "please don't use that word in front of my daughter." (g. was on the phone, waiting to talk to grandma)

MIL: "but i only meant that in a good way, of course. (BIG pause) they opened a new chinese buffet down the street. maybe you'll want to try it when you all visit."

how many times do i have to say this? it's CHINESE, not chink. and real chinese people don't eat "chinese" buffet.

7 Comments:

Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

You're kidding. People under the age of 80 use the term 'chink'? I thought that was a WWII generation-thing.

You have more guts than I do, probably. I'd bite my tongue at first.... but then I'd have to say something.

Perhaps you could start referring to her and her ethnic designtion with a similarly attractive label. If she's white, just use the term WASP. It seems fitting, somehow...

9:36 AM  
Blogger MorganDobson said...

Mmmm egg drop soup

10:08 AM  
Blogger Bossy♥'s YOU said...

OMG...ban her form the house I swear to God..

:)

1:09 PM  
Blogger Daughter In Law said...

Am I sensing a theme here today? Racist Mother-In-Laws unite. Perhaps they have a secret handshake, too?

1:47 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

When you hand the phone over just say, "It's your homely, lunatic, prejudice grandma on the line."

3:58 PM  
Blogger apron strings said...

And I thought it was bad when my 88 year old grandpa (at the time) refered to black football players as jungle monkeys. Usually they were on the Eagles and stupidly dropped a pass before they got that endearment. LOL

My MIL doesn't call anyone anything. She's TOOOOOOOOO MARY SUNSHINE, with that high sweetsie syrup voice that is worse than nails on a chalkboard. She loves everyone and is very religious. The problem is she LOVES her son too damn much and needs to LET GO - crap is in his 30's now & married!

SNIP SNIP go the APRON STRINGS!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Good lord. My MIL just learned not to refer to Asians as Oriental. Their home is decorated in what I call "Jewish Baroque" which includes at least one mirrored wall and several lLadro figurines like "The Tea Ceremony." The decor is a mix of Asian culture, which they get completely mixed up. Our son is Vietnamese so my raydar is up high. So when my FIL points to a Japanese print and calls the two girls Ping and Pong, well let's just say I'm the champion at dressing someone down with clenched teeth and a growl in my voice. Don't even get me started on the word "Shvartzer."

10:23 AM  

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