…Banana People Blues…

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BANANA PEOPLE

We are named after this beloved fruit 

Whose skin outside is yellow to suit,

Whose fruit inside is white as off-white could be,

How? You might wonder, did this stereotype come to be?

Well, we too, sport a yellow skin,

But our tongues wag white, which is not in kin

“If you don’t speak Chinese….,” so they say,

“You are not Chinese enough!” and that’s the way.

Our own kind deem to treat us like weed,

And that hurts very much indeed,

We dream of a nation united, is always the case,

But how could that be, when united we are not as a race?

Call us whatever name you like,

Banana People are strong as a dyke

Within us, there is NO colour divide

Within us, UNITY will reach far and wide.

P.S. I am a true blue Banana person and have been one since the day I was born. I am currently learning to speak and write Mandarin but I would like to issue a disclaimer. I am doing it purely for personal development and not in response to claims that Banana People are ‘not Chinese enough’. Frankly who cares if you say I’m not Chinese enough …. I AM MALAYSIAN!!!!

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10 responses to “…Banana People Blues…

  1. It’s not just language is it? Your (and my) being Banana has to do with having a western mentality as well. Very much like our darker skinned fellow Malaysians who are nicknamed Coconuts. Well, Banana or not, as long as we don’t end up being “goreng” in our society…

  2. Pink Jeans, God forbid that we end up “goreng pisang” …. ahahaaahhhhh!!!!

    You have a point. Its not just language. But our chosen language of communication is the most obvious display of our Western mentality, thereby making it the desired benchmark in labelling us Banana People. Very often you hear this statement rewound through and through…”Hey, you don’t speak Mandarin, call yourself a Chinese?” …. As for coconuts…hey, that’s new…Is it a S’porean thing? Did you know that Malays who speak English & are westernised are called “Melayu Celup”!

  3. I am proud to be a banana and I would welcome the coconuts and the oreos than the pure breds. That’s because we have all crossed the colour barrier.

  4. Although this is an old post, I have to share this new thing I learnt at my Chinese class yesterday – the opposite of Banana People is Ji Dan Ren or Chicken Egg People. White on the outside, yellow on the inside….hahahaha!

  5. What a laugh eh…..well at least we can be comforted by the fact that we are always associated with some sort of food … wo men bu hui du zi er de – ahahahahahaah!!!!!!!

  6. Yes! Banana Peoples’ Pride! 😄

  7. Love your poem!! How interesting its occuring in malayasia too.. I just wrote about this same development in Hong Kong! http://thepomegranateblog.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/bananas-eggs-hang-out-in-hong-kong-but-dont-understand-each-other/ Let me know what u think 😉

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  10. From one banana to another… thank you for this post… very nice write-out… like you, I should be learning how to speak Mandarin, just to communicate with my nephews and neices… Happy 2014 to you and your loved ones….

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