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Anti-Chinese nursery rhymes halted in French kindergarten

By Yunxin Bao (People's Daily Online)    15:49, January 02, 2018

A video of kids singing nursery rhymes that discriminate against Chinese in a French kindergarten has evoked nationwide criticism, and France’s education ministry has told the kindergarten to stop immediately.

The French nursery rhyme “Zhang, my little Chinese” is full of Chinese insults: “Zhang squats down to eat rice, poor him with small eyes”; and, “Swaying in sea, his head sounds like a ball bouncing around.”

According to LefiGaro, a French daily newspaper, the song is not an assigned course by the education ministry but has been taught in the kindergarten in Aubervilliers, the suburbs of Paris for over a decade.

It became a matter of public concern after Asian parents offended by it posted the video online. Head of SOS Racisme anti-racist NGO Dominique Sopo criticized the song’s portrayal of Chinese as short and small-eyed as racial stereotyping.

Local officials and anti-racist organizations in France have declared their opposition to the song being taught to the next generation. City mayor Meriem Derkaoui said that all forms of racial discrimination will not be tolerated.

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