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I was reading the lines but thinking "Charlie Chan."

Wonder how this satirical form originated?

I've read Confucius, and Mencius, and known a number of Chinese people well, here in San Fran (not on StatNisland where the closest we got to Chinese was "let's go out to Chinks for dinner" once in a while. Talk about provincial NooYawkas) and I never heard any of 'em talk like that.

Did the writers of the Charlie Chan detective series, with Number One son, etc., study Chinese and adopt a parodic style that has caught on?

Or do Chinese parents quote Confucius to their kids the way we say "Don't believe everything you hear, etc.," to ours.

If there are any Chinese StatNislandahs, here's your chance to check in. I won't hold my breath.

-rs



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