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Postby Miki » Sat Apr 24, 2004 6:58 am

G’day, everyone!

I was born in Japan. I became Al fan when I was still living there. Now I live in Australia. I look Japanese but I don’t have the citizenship any more (not allowed to have dual citizenship). I’m wondering which category I should be in. :)

So am I the only current Asian-born Al fan here? (I’m sure Jody’s baby will be the cutest future Chinese-born American fan.)

Anyway I'm a newbie here. I posted more about me in The Introduction Topic in Newbie Zone. Nice to see you all!
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Postby Zelda27 » Mon Apr 26, 2004 1:07 am

Hi Miki and welcome!

Thanks for the nice words about our baby... I can't wait to meet her and put her in a little Hawaiian shirt!

WEIRD question for any Asian born fans... The lyric from "Fat" that says "I've got more chins than Chinatown"... is that offensive at all? I thought it was funny, but a friend was worried that it might be offensive... Any opinions?

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Postby Orthography Enthusiast » Mon Apr 26, 2004 3:01 am

We discussed that Fat lyric before, I remember. I think we decided that "chins" was not an ethnic slur but actually "Chins"-- Al was just saying that there are a lot of people with that surname in Chinatown. And that doesn't seem particularly offensive to me.
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Postby scottidog » Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:21 am

Zelda27 @ Apr 12 2004, 06:55 PM wrote: Actually, our daughter is in China. We hope to pick her up in August. We don't know who she is yet. She's probably born, but that's all we know! I'll keep you posted...

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Well, that's exciting news!

Is Russia on the Asian continent? Is Russia even still what I think it is (imagining the borders of the old USSR.)

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Postby Insert Coin(s) to Continue » Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:25 am

Russia is in both Asia and Europe, Seva was bon in the European side, though.
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Postby Zelda27 » Mon Apr 26, 2004 2:38 pm

Thanks for your input OE on the Chin question. I don't think any of Al's lyrics are offensive, but I was curious how other people felt.

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Postby Seva » Sun May 02, 2004 2:47 pm

scottidog @ Apr 26 2004, 08:21 AM wrote:
Is Russia on the Asian continent? Is Russia even still what I think it is (imagining the borders of the old USSR.)

Geography is not my best subject. <_<


Well, you're right, USSR lost many its parts after crashing - Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, others, but we're still the biggest of the biggest in the whole world! And our most part lies in Asia - Siberia goes a long way! :D
I live in St. Petersburg, which was always considered as a most European-looking and oriented city in Russia. Even Moscow, which lies 800 km from us (not so far for Russia), already has something Asian in it, in architecture, structure, anywhere... Initially it was completely Peter The Great's idea to make our city what it is today, inviting architects from all Europe - Italy, France, Netherlands (Hi WHiZZi and RWDW! Duh... :P ) and others.
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Postby Bruce the Duck » Mon May 03, 2004 7:09 pm

I remember when BHD came out some people on the old newsgroup found the angry Japaneese man on the phone on "Phony Calls" to be offensive. I don't see why, but whatever....
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Postby modular » Mon May 03, 2004 7:33 pm

He was really Japanese, and wasn't given a script or anything, I don't know why they found that offensive.
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Postby Insert Coin(s) to Continue » Tue May 04, 2004 1:14 am

Bruce the Duck @ May 3 2004, 10:09 AM wrote: I remember when BHD came out some people on the old newsgroup found the angry Japaneese man on the phone on "Phony Calls" to be offensive. I don't see why, but whatever....


I think it was just promoting the idea that all Asians are quick tempered which isn't true.
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