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Is Desi A Racist Word?

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Is Desi A Racist Word?
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I don't think the term is offensive at all. Sometimes it is used in a self-deprecating manner. Humor is good. In some circles it is mostly to identify the person is Indian. One mention of the word, and quickly the mind realizes the cultural context and background of the person. The words 'chinku' and 'kallu' can be used in a deprecating and non-deprecating manner. Usually the word 'chinku' is loaded; it usually points to the manner in which Chinese people behave. It is stereotyping.

Incidentally, some tamilians use the term 'chinna kannan' - 'person with small eyes'

Racism (Western construct) and any Indic practices that are used to stereotype people are part and parcel of life. In the absence of "civilisation" they will surface out.


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Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Guest - 12-12-2008, 03:44 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by dhu - 12-12-2008, 04:41 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Guest - 12-12-2008, 06:07 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Husky - 12-12-2008, 06:48 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Shambhu - 12-12-2008, 07:11 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Bodhi - 12-12-2008, 08:16 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Guest - 12-12-2008, 10:31 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by dhu - 12-13-2008, 03:05 AM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by shamu - 12-13-2008, 12:22 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Husky - 12-13-2008, 06:34 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Bharatvarsh - 12-13-2008, 06:58 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Guest - 12-13-2008, 09:08 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by G.Subramaniam - 12-14-2008, 07:36 AM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Husky - 12-14-2008, 09:40 AM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Guest - 12-30-2008, 09:28 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Guest - 12-30-2008, 10:11 PM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Guest - 01-01-2009, 08:55 AM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Husky - 01-11-2009, 09:58 AM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by dhu - 01-11-2009, 10:22 AM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Husky - 01-11-2009, 11:40 AM
Is Desi A Racist Word? - by Guest - 01-11-2009, 09:07 PM

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