What derogatory terms are there for Chinese people in Mandarin?

In particular, I am looking for derogatory terms that apply to any person of Chinese ancestry regardless of birthplace, nationality, culture, political affiliation or Chinese language ability. (Examples in English would be "chinaman", "chinky", and "ching chong").

  • Since Mandarin is mainly used by Chinese people, so I don't think such a word exist. Mar 25, 2019 at 4:44

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phonetic transcription of China (Japanese: Shina), colonial term, generally considered discriminatory

trad./Budd. China (now derogatory)

It is used for example by Japanese occupiers in《劫中劫》:

支那人 derog. Chinese

  • I tried formatting your answer a bit, but I couldn't find where the last part that I left unquoted came from.
    – Mou某
    Mar 27, 2019 at 8:51
  • user composed based on viewing 2015谍战剧《劫中劫》tangrentv.com/thread-444.htm
    – user6065
    Mar 27, 2019 at 8:56
  • Are my edits okay?
    – Mou某
    Mar 27, 2019 at 8:58
  • maybe derog. should come after "Chinese", in parentheses (user's fault left uncorrected))
    – user6065
    Mar 27, 2019 at 9:03
  • You can edit it up top. I was just trying to make it more readable.
    – Mou某
    Mar 27, 2019 at 9:03

I would recommend to avoid using this, for obvious reasons, but you can consider:



1 sick man of Asia, sick man of East Asia (metaphor used by some Western writers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in reference to the critical condition of China's economy and government, or the poor health of its people

2 later also variously applied to Japan, the Philippines, and other Asian countries)

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