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    All Chinese students who speak Chinese with each other in a German state school will be warned and under serious circumstances be expelled?

    In this specific case, Chinese students are not allowed to speak Chinese during lunchtime when other German students are present. Besides lunchtime, Chinese is not allowed during breaks either.

    All Chinese can speak German. The fluency may vary from individual to individual, but all Chinese students have achieved B2-level certificate.

    Can it be considered as racism? And why?

    All answers would be appreciated. Many thanks.
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    No, Chinese is not a race.
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    (Original post by Andrew97)
    No, Chinese is not a race.
    Considering that Chinese are the only non-Germans at that school and are therefore the only Asians.
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    I get why it’d be an issue, students using another language to exclude those not in their group or using it to openly b*tch about someone.

    Isn’t there some kind of rule on tsr about using other languages? I guess similar reasoning would apply.
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    (Original post by cat_mac)
    I get why it’d be an issue, students using another language to exclude those not in their group or using it to openly b*tch about someone.

    Isn’t there some kind of rule on tsr about using other languages? I guess similar reasoning would apply.
    Thanks for answering.

    I don’t think it’s okay to ban the language just based on the possibility that it may be used to insult others, when frankly no one does.

    The German students might also b*tch about Chinese by saying it in a complicated way so that they can’t understand, doesn’t make it legit to ban the use of complicated German.
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    i think it is. let students speak in the language they want to. this is targeting a minority and forcing them to speak in a language they may not want to speak in. while it is important if this is a mainly german school that they converse in german during classes and with other peers, i feel they should be able to speak in chinese when socialising or outside of class. you cant control what happens in lunch or break.
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    Thanks for answering.

    I don’t think it’s okay to ban the language just based on the possibility that it may be used to insult others, when frankly no one does.

    The German students might also b*tch about Chinese by saying it in a complicated way so that they can’t understand, doesn’t make it legit to ban the use of complicated German.
    I think it’s more of an inclusivity issue, if people are separated into groups based on what languages they speak it isn’t really fair to all students. Saying “everyone use this language that all students can speak as it makes communication better” makes sense. Though being expelled for using Chinese seems extreme.

    Do you know the reasons behind the ban/restrictions of the language use? It really depends on why the school did it to really say whether it’d be racism or not.
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    It wasn’t necessary to ban it to the degree that they did, if at all, assuming they had no proof that the Chinese students were being malicious.

    Although, I don’t think it’s racist to ban Chinese, as similar rules apply to forums and chatrooms for example, and the Chinese students display some degree of ability with German, so speaking it more could help them improve anyway. Also, speaking a foreign language that people can’t understand in a school setting isn’t really polite, they should make an effort to accommodate and speak in German for the sake of inclusivity.
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    (Original post by cat_mac)
    I think it’s more of an inclusivity issue, if people are separated into groups based on what languages they speak it isn’t really fair to all students. Saying “everyone use this language that all students can speak as it makes communication better” makes sense. Though being expelled for using Chinese seems extreme.

    Do you know the reasons behind the ban/restrictions of the language use? It really depends on why the school did it to really say whether it’d be racism or not.
    The school’s explanation is that they don’t feel comfortable when Chinese is spoken around Germans because they don’t understand the language, and that all Chinese should ”try their best to integrate”.

    None of the Chinese are German nationals, and I personally have never talked out of school about anyone in Chinese.
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    Expelling them is OTT but I agree with the rule. It's not goo for integrating to be speaking another language, they're not practising German, sticking to only Chinese friends and the Germans will feel more uncomfortable with them because they don't understand. When a student is new I think it's worth giv ing them a 'buddy' who speaks their language a bit if possible as it's difficult but there shouldn't just be groups of chinese students speaking another language in the school. I've worked in a very multi cultural school and students WOULD use their other language to insult or annoy people.
 
 
 
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