Talk Di Tings – The Chinese Speaks – You Have My Attention

I applaud the contribution you have made and continue to make in my country.  You create business opportunities where many of our own black people will dare not labour for any extended period of time.  I hear and feel your hurt because what you have outlined is TRUE.

We are a nine day wonder set of thinkers, too many of us.  So the whites come in the form of tourists and our glad bag buss.  The tip you see, is what is sought after.  So much so that many blacks who vacation in their own country are often times ignored because the workers claim no tip will be derived from us.

The whites come and go correct.  However, we are still mentally enslaved and much rather to look at the moment versus the longevity in gains.  No race is above scrutiny.  This is not about who is corrupt or not; corruption is endemic to the human race.  The root boils down to Jamaicans racist behaviour towards the Chinese versus the white race.  You claim to hate the white man, yet when asked you are willing to trust him over your own race.  Where does that come from?   If the whites had invested in like manner as the Chinese, there would be nuh talk.  The Chinese suffer the brunt of our abuse because we fail to trust our own as they do their own.  We see in the Chinese the inadequacies/failures of our own kind as it relates to trust and unity.  They seem to be inclusive of their people while we are divisive of each other.  They edify each other, we are quick to tear each other down hence the term ‘crab n a barrel’.  As we continue to sell out the black man, the Chinese build their fellow Chinese up and we so despise that philosophy because we suffer from self-hate.  Do not blame the Chinese for the black man’s mistrust of each other.  Black people will forever be divided because they spend most of their time proving they are not black.  The Chinese spend their time trusting their own knowing full well Jamaican people if given the chance will rob them blind as the masses will never accept them.  It is better to know what you are up against and guard your heart.  The Chinese are doing just that and I say you have my admiration.

Interesting to note how we crave for acceptance and equality from other cultures.  There is no denying that on the Roc, Mr Chin has provided us with options in merchandising.  Options that allowed many to afford with ease merchandise that were once out of our league.  Not even hire purchase proved the solution as there are many who can attest to having their goods repossessed.  Speak the truth and speak it well an nuh bada gwaan like sey u nuh know wey mi a chat bout.

Jamaica is not the USA.  The USA has dollar stores, sales in retail stores not to mention outlets where you can own an item that was originally priced at US$200.  Yet in a sale you could get that said item for 50% off.  Where in Jamaica do we have sales that have such amazing offers?  Where on the Roc will you find the equivalent of a dollar store?  Mr Chin that is where!!!!!!!

I put it to you.  If the Chinese were to take your advice and go back a dem country.  Dwag woulda a nyam plenty a wi supper.  Some a oono nyam chiney food 5 days a week wid dem lunch box special.

The Chinese experience is reciprocal.  They benefit from the Jamaicans and we do also.  The white world is not lining up to invest long term in this crime driven country where bureaucracy rules.  I have been guilty in my choice of words when referring to the Chinese.  No more will I speak in that manner.  I certainly abhor the term ‘blackey’.

As I journey through Planet Earth in this life.  I challenge myself in my own growth, personal development to see the wider picture not living in the narrow space.  Recognising that this world is indeed a multi-cultural one, and equality cannot be exclusive to one race, but must be for the entire human race.  Equality for all is realising that the world as we know is changing.  The United States of America has the Asian-American race fast becoming the majority.  I truly believe that our Island on the Roc is more diverse in cultures and ethnicities than we want to see.  The Chinese happen to be the only group thus far that has capitalize on a marketing tool.  One of merchandising, wholesale and for them there is no uptown, midtown, or downtown.  Only people who want what they have to offer and they will  and continue to penetrate all 14 parishes.  As indentured labourers on the Roc history will show, the Chinese made a decision that toiling on the sugar plantation for Masa was not to their liking and they found another option. 

Take a few moments in this very minute and ask yourself these two questions and be truthful to yourself.   This is just between you and you alone.  Are you satisfied with the choices you have made thus far in your education, the profession you have chosen and are engaged in every single day?  Do you enjoy that aspect of your life?


Don’t call us ‘Chiney’

Businessman suggests Jamaicans racist towards Chinese

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, October 23, 2016    125 Comments

A wholesale establishment in a Jamaican town. (Observer file)

They are often referred to as ‘Chiney man’ throughout Jamaica, but according to one Chinese-Jamaican, the phrase is offensive to his people.

Having lived in Jamaica for over two decades, the St Elizabeth businessman who spoke on condition of anonymity believes Jamaicans are racist toward Chinese.

“When you go outside how much people say ‘hi Chinese people? No ‘Chiney man’ is what they call it? That’s a modest thing to you?” he questioned.

“When you go to America and they say, ‘you black person’, what are you going to say? or ‘black people go back to your country!’ How are you going to feel? You won’t feel good; it’s the same thing, you’ll find it offensive,” he continued

He noted that Jamaicans’ attitude toward his people is unwarranted and sought to dispel false notions that Jamaicans tend to perpetuate about them.

“You see in Jamaica, you have more than 80 per cent of the people will say ‘Chiney man come in this country to make money and go weh; they don’t wanna spend money and help develop Jamaica’… but Chinese help out Jamaicans here by bringing the cheap stuff that people can get to live in here. Because if all the Chinese run away you would totally find out — the cost would be really, really high.”

He argued that this belief may be as a result of the country’s history when the Chinese were brought into Jamaica as indentured labourers to work on sugar estates after the emancipation of the slaves. Their dislike for the job, however, led them to find other means of employment by developing businesses.

Conceding that in every country non-natives will experience some level of distrust from the natives, the entrepreneur said he could not understand the extent of it from Jamaicans.

“You people (Jamaicans) is something different. You say ‘Chiney man do this an’ do that’. If you really hate Chinese you can do whatever you want, of course, because nobody can limit you; but the point is what Chinese do bad to Jamaicans?” asked the entrepreneur.

“From how me see from the time me come out here, you see more Chinese people invest in here, even their business, even their property, even their house, even the development and even the employment to help Jamaicans. I don’t see any other nation’s people help like how Chinese people help here. White people come in here and what they do? They do a big factory, they get their big money and they go away, but you guys love white people; nobody complains.

“You guys only observe some things because you see Chinese people driving a good car, living in a good house, and you look on that. Chinese people nuh rob you, you know. They not really get so much money and go away, you know. They contribute to development because if they have ability, they expand and then they employ more Jamaican people in here. Of course some people will employ some Chinese because like one or two people can manage a big shop. And another thing is some of the Jamaicans is not really good either. No matter where they go, they try to thief and they rob we,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

“If your country was observing how Chinese do, look at the contribution to the country — so much. Of course I won’t say everybody is good, you understand. Nobody can say their nation is very good, but you must have some good and some bad, even the Jamaican, Chinese, American, any country, but the point is you don’t observe it. We not really make up any criminal in here, we not really thief the Jamaicans in here, we not really make up trouble in here; [considering] what we do for your island, then why are there so much Jamaican people hate Chinese? I don’t know,” added the merchant.

He highlighted the stark difference in reaction that Caucasians would get from Jamaicans as opposed to his kind.

“What we get back or what Jamaicans return to us is that most of the people don’t like the Chinese because the Chinese ‘mean’. But put it another way, how much white people do for you,” he stated. “Because you only see the tourists them and they give you some tip and they say ‘oh, white man is so gentle’, and therefore you get something. But when you look on the long term, how much the people coming here and like Chinese staying here with you together to build up your country?”

He said the Chinese have helped to develop the country’s labour market, creating employment for numerous Jamaicans as their enterprises expand.

He addressed the notion that Chinese only help their own.

“But you guys just like to say Chinese help Chinese and not help Jamaica… even though we employ Jamaicans. We do good for Jamaicans, but turn around is what we get back; people thief you, come carry in other people for them to rob you, so why you going to help? Chinese and Chinese develop trust; we first pay to trust other people, but the trust people turn back to us can’t be trusted, so what you going to do? You going to continue keep the trust?” he questioned.

“We call it tradition in Chinese,” said the entrepreneur, “Chinese help Chinese, yes, but Jamaicans can help Jamaicans same way too; nobody limits you,” he aso stated.

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