MasterChef Australia contestant Sarah Tiong calls out radio station for ‘racism after being greeted by radio host in Mandarin. A news I read this morning, and I found it is so special, and I would like to share with you.
First of all, how you think about this news?
Which this IG post is no longer available, if you found it, please inform us. Let’s see a little background of Sarah Tiong.
The radio host should greet her in english, as she is born and raised at Australia, she is Australia nationality. How you think about this news?
Let’s talk about an experience that happens 13 years back in Harajuku, Japan. I was walking alone in and I bump into a group of people which I think they are Malay, and is Malaysian, and later I heard their ascent is Malaysia ascent, so I walk to them and ask “あなたはマレーシア人ですか？ (Are you from Malaysia?)” and they’re student from Malaysia. We had a good chat because it been a while I didn’t talk with any Malaysian or Home Country people with our Malay language.
Now, this news make me ponder, what if I greet them directly with Malay Language instead of Nihongo (Japanese language)? They will feel offended too?
Another scenario, I always went to a Chinese Restaurant at Akihabara, Tokyo, as their food (刀削面) is delicious. Everyday having Japanese cuisine from breakfast until dinner, sometime wish to have some “Chinese cuisine”. The shop people always greet me in Nihongo, Japanese language, and I always chat with them with Nihongo too, until a day I received a phone call from Docomo Manager (China people station in Tokyo), and I start talk in Mandarin, the shop people shock that I can actually talk in Mandarin.
I think it is not extreme until racism but is a basic respect. When we are greeting a stranger or a person who we just meet or call with the local “common language”. I think that is the common sense of talking to stranger.
Agree with me or not? Do voice out your own opinion on this.