Glossary: Banana


Meaning Chinese outside, white inside.


Usually employed by Chinese-Canadians to describe some second generation (or, occasionally, first generation) Chinese-Canadians (or -Americans or -Brits) who are thought to have lost too much of their culture or language.

Like coconuts, a banana typically hangs with other bananas, and often does not speak any Chinese.

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Anonymous said...

You forgot Oreo Cookie. Used by African Americans to describe people who have compromised their blackness. Funny how they all have to do with food.

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