Originally Posted by 4444
What bothers me is people who have lived here long enough to be fluent in English (I wouldn't know they were not born here) who think its cool to talk to each other in Chinese or whatever language when in a group of other nationalities. There is no need for it, they do it by choice - in ur own home, fine, be my guest, but when ur with friends, it's just rude (and not to be private either, as there are other speakers of that language in the group when it happened.
This kind of behaviour is childish, but I see it so much in people I used to article with, mid to late 20 yr olds, professionals, fucking immature as hell - to me doing that is promoting segregation
If I'm not dealing with them, I don't care what language they speak (at home or in public)
But it's pretty frustrating when they don't speak a word of English and demand fast and speedy service.
Was working at a computer shop, a Chinese family came up to buy a laptop which was no problem (my non-cantonese speaking cashier was dealing with them) There was a problem (at no fault of the cashier) and due to their language barrier,the family started insulting the cashier (Calling her retarded and stupid and a bitch) in cantonese right in front of her. I had to step in and defuse the situation, but I had to start it with "Don't think I don't know what you're saying."
ON THE FLIP SIDE... Some Caucasians still feel self-rightous and superior over other ethnicities. Same store @ closing time, Caucasian storms in demanding service over an item she broke. Asian co-worker comes and tries to explain what happened and why she can't just TAKE a new one off the shelf. She tries to steal it twice. Manager comes and observes, asian co-worker explains in perfect english the problems with her product. She goes off on a rant saying she can't understand him through his 'chinese' and starts mocking the chinese language and how we're nothing but immigrants taking all the jobs.
I know, cool stories. Want me to tell it again?
But just goes to show that ethnic segregation isn't always on the fault of those with colour, even in such a diverse city like Vancouver.