Thursday 4 November 2010

Stuff white people like

This post was originally written on 15th October, 2009.

Have you heard of Stuff White People Like? There's a feature article about it today in The Guardian

It is not difficult to guess what the blog/book Stuff White People Like is about. I heard about the blog about a year ago when someone asked me if I agree with item #11 "Asian Girls". My response was a positive one, if I remember correctly. The writer of the blog, Christian Lander, warns: ”Please note that this is one area where white women are exempt from”. An important but not necessarily fair remark.

Maybe someone from Hong Kong could start a blog "Stuff Hong Kong People Like". To begin with: typhoon-induced days-off, celebrity gossip, British accent, fish balls, lemon tea, criticising wealthy people, pretending to be white (??) …. any other suggestions?

8 Responses “Stuff white people like” →

October 15, 2009
that rice candy stuff…
or maybe that goes into the white people category..

October 16, 2009
Yes, Tammy! It was me! Know what, Tom sent me the same Guardian link yesterday! We like his blog and he has some very interesting observations. We don’t agree with some of his points though!

He likes asian girls (well, all girls I’d say!), sushi, gym, unpaid internship, gap year to travel, reggae etc. – things he finds very easy to relate to when reading his blog!

October 16, 2009
i’ve seen the website before… some of the entries cracked me up. for your collection… HK people love criticizing mainland politics while taking Mandarin lessons, talking down Singapore, supporting British football teams, shopping in Japan, visiting family in Canada… and touching down at HK airport.

October 16, 2009
Hong Kong people (well, the ladies) like to be white people. Just look at the paper-white photoshopped faces on skin-whitening ads.

October 17, 2009
Speaking of HK people….
1. collecting plastic bags and paper bags (esp those from luxury shops and trendy boutiques e.g. Gucci/LV/Burberry big paper bags – they’re on sale on some websites)
2. bargaining and comparing prices before buying things (from my observation, it’s less common among westerners)
3. comparing your _____ (it can be academic results, monthly salary, number of professional qualifications, boyfriends/girlfriends) with your friends and relatives
4. adding value…taking a lot of courses and exams and collecting certificates
5. reading travel guides (esp to Japan/China/Thailand etc) and cookery books – you can tell from the bestseller lists in HK bookshops
That’s all I can think of now!

naperville mom
October 18, 2009
Funny, rings true actually, some of it at least! And, of the above list, pts 2, 3 and 4 is very Indian!:)

January 10, 2010
I eat sushi everyday

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