Posted by: mulrickillion | February 9, 2012

Chinese college students: Making ting tong cool

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Chinese arrivals at American universities are changing stereotypes

Feb 4th 2012 | LOS ANGELES | from the print edition, The Economist

 Annoying Ms Wallace

LAST March, Alexandra Wallace, a blonde Californian who was attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), was so annoyed by “these hordes of Asian people” filling up her campus and talking on their cellphones in the library that she made a YouTube video mocking them: “Aah, ching chong ling long ting tong.” Her clumsy imitation of Chinese catapulted Ms Wallace to her moment of fame. Asians and others responded with YouTube counterattacks; “ching-chong-ling-long” became a ringtone; UCLA declared itself outraged; and Ms Wallace apologised, then left the university.

A year on, and the incident has spawned its own genre of local comedy, but nobody seems the least bit bothered by it anymore. In fact, the increase in applications by Chinese students only quickened in the past year, says Bob Ericksen, the director of UCLA’s centre for international students. There are now 695 undergraduates from China at UCLA, five times more than two years ago. They represent 3% of the student body.

This is a nationwide trend. . . .

Chinese college students: Making ting tong cool | The Economist

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