It started when I was in kindergarten, and I was so proud I did not have to go to Bingo class, unlike my friends, because I could speak good English -
although I had no idea what a yellow dog that could spell had anything to do with Chinese.
(I figure out now…
TL;DR the Asian “accent” (“flied lice” etc.) is not a real accent like putting on a British accent, it is only mockery.
I’m going to go a step further than this blog post and suggest that most accents are mocking. Unless you’re an actor and you have studied the craft of accents, don’t fake an accent. Don’t say “Right-o gov’na” and don’t use a “black person voice.” It’s offensive.
What about the voice that people use as a “girl voice”? You know the one, it’s ditzy sounding and includes a lot of “Like, ohmagod.” Is that offensive? Probably, I’m not sure.
I feel bad putting a moratorium on all these accents because I feel like they aid in storytelling. But if you think about these accents, you can really see how offensive they are.
Anyone got any good ideas on interesting ways to tell stories that don’t involve these stereotypical accents?