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老外

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EtymologyEdit

From Chinese (lǎo, "old, always") + (wài, "outlander, foreign")

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

老外

  1. (colloquial, poss. pejorative or offensive) A foreigner.
  2. (figuratively) A "banana", a person of Chinese ethnicity or nationality who acts western or does not understand some aspect of Chinese culture.

Usage notesEdit

The term is othering and controversial, as it may be perceived as racist. It is, however, not necessarily derogatory.

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