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Is this racism

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prettyprettyflowers Mon 21-May-18 12:52:26

Very senior manager was told off by HR for doing a mocking Chinese accent when talking about a trip to a Chinese restaurant in a senior meeting.
She then recounts story with same accent in different meeting as well as how funny it was HR told her off for it.

It Bothers me. But am I the only one?

GorgeousJaws Mon 21-May-18 12:55:50

Imitating an accent, which everyone has, can be offensive, but I wouldn't say racist.

bazingabazinga Mon 21-May-18 13:01:14

No it’s not racism.

In that case, doing any accent that’s not your own is racist.

Cecily75 Mon 21-May-18 13:02:24

Would she do the accent in a room full of Chinese people? If not, it would be because she knows it's offensive... because it's racist.

It would bother me too.

DuchyDuke Mon 21-May-18 13:04:11

Yes it is racist.

Whiterabbitears Mon 21-May-18 13:05:27

It depends. Were there any Chinese people present at the meeting who felt uncomfortable? Sometimes humour can backfire, she might not have meant to be offensive. I often imitate DHs bengali accent but he finds it funny. I wouldn't do this in a work situation though it's not appropriate.

ellsbells2 Mon 21-May-18 13:06:42

My best friend is Welsh and if ever I'm re telling one of her stories I do it in a (bad) Welsh accent. My friend laughs at my pathetic attempt and isn't remotely offended.

I am mixed race and I am not racist.

prettyprettyflowers Mon 21-May-18 13:10:23

No Chinese people present

prettyprettyflowers Mon 21-May-18 13:11:34

Also same place lady refers to sweet potato as being "exotic like Megan markle a bit Carribean or is it African"


dinosaursandtea Mon 21-May-18 13:11:53

Yep, that's incredibly racist. If she's continuing to do it, she needs to be reported.

ScreamingValenta Mon 21-May-18 13:12:32


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Nikephorus Mon 21-May-18 13:13:39

Sweet potatoes are exotic? She's unreasonable on that.

prettyprettyflowers Mon 21-May-18 13:13:44

I'm the only non white person in the whole building so find it difficult to judge!

ILikeMyChickenFried Mon 21-May-18 13:14:58

Very offensive

thecatsthecats Mon 21-May-18 13:18:05

It almost doesn't matter what we think of it. She was pulled up by HR for it, so it is not permissible in your organisation. She chose to repeat the incident, explicitly undermining the informal approach taken.

NameChangedForThisQ Mon 21-May-18 13:19:01

Yes it's racist because it's mocking

MysweetAudrina Mon 21-May-18 13:19:57

I think most people would find it comfortable to hear someone doing a Regional, European, American, Australian, South African, Canadian, or neighbouring Countriy's accent but not an Asian or African one.

The former as seen as funny the latter are seen as racist.

KoshaMangsho Mon 21-May-18 13:20:59

Of course it is.
Also it is EXTREMELY bad manners.

Frenchiemamax Mon 21-May-18 13:21:45

I wouldn't say it was racist, but she needs to have a word with herself as it could cause offence

BarbarianMum Mon 21-May-18 13:26:28

《Yes it's racist because it's mocking》

^^This. Why was it necessary to imitate an accent to tell the story, what did it add?

Aika Mon 21-May-18 13:28:46

Totally racist

Pressuredrip Mon 21-May-18 13:32:41

It is racist. I think when you do it directly to a close friend or relative you can get away with it though.

bringbacksideburns Mon 21-May-18 13:40:14

There don't have to be any Chinese people present. FFS!

Yes it is. She's a senior Manager you say? Your organization, particularly Council or Gov has a code of conduct. Can't believe she did it in a meeting.

PinguForPresident Mon 21-May-18 13:41:46

Of course it's racist! Wildly offensive.

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