6.12.2006

ABC's

I was talking to a Chinese guy who is going to move to Northern California, and I told him that there are a lot of Americans there whose ancestors came from China a few generations ago. And then I told him that if he speaks Chinese with them, they're not going to understand, so it will force him to use his English. And then he nodded and said, "Yes, ABC's." Of course, I didn't know what he meant, so I asked him, and he said, "American Born Chinese."

Okay, it's something I should know, but I don't, and I bet a lot of people are nodding their heads right now, like, "that's old news." Well it's new to me. :)

7 comments:

Blog Intruder said...

Yeah, that's too old to be old. lol

Mad Minerva said...

Ah yes, ABCs! Some of my ABC friends joke around with "ABCC" -- American Born Confused Chinese." Hahahaha!

mj said...

Or "Confucious" Chinese. ;)

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

06 17 06

Hey MJ:
I have kicked it with a few Chinese in my time, but never heard that expression. Ay we learn something different every day! ;)

mj said...

That's funny: "I have kicked it with a few Chinese in my time". Not a suburban phrase. ;)

Elizabeth Bennett said...

Haven't you heard about ABCD? It's an abbreviation of American Born Confused Desi - Desi meaning Indian in Hindi.

mj said...

No--I've never heard of that. I looked it up online to learn more. But what I'm wondering about is why people care what someone is like in the U.S.--they're living in a different culture, so of course they'll be different than someone in India. So what would be the confusion?