Posted by Bruce Kahl on February 23, 2005
In Reply to: "Chinese Action" etc posted by DRC on February 23, 2005
: : Hello -- I would invite comment one whether any of the following are derogatory. Additionally, what are the history of these phrases?
: : "Chinese Auction"
: : "Chinese Fire Drill"
: : "Chinese Parliament"
: : "Chinese Aviator"
: : Thanks in advance.
Yes, those types of phrases are very derogatory.
All those types of phrases, whether about Mexicans, Chinese, Poles etc, put the speaker above everyone else and these other people are inferior.
: : WGS
: as to wether "chinese fire drill" is derogatory I don't know, but it is used to indicate a mad dash for the exits. This meaning comes from the fact that fireworks are of chinese origin and any open flame around them is dangerous.