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. – 炸鱼薯条德里克 Mar 25 '19 at 4:44



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

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  • I tried formatting your answer a bit, but I couldn't find where the last part that I left unquoted came from. – Mo. Mar 27 '19 at 8:51
  • user composed based on viewing 2015谍战剧《劫中劫》tangrentv.com/thread-444.htm – user6065 Mar 27 '19 at 8:56
  • Are my edits okay? – Mo. Mar 27 '19 at 8:58
  • maybe derog. should come after "Chinese", in parentheses (user's fault left uncorrected)) – user6065 Mar 27 '19 at 9:03
  • You can edit it up top. I was just trying to make it more readable. – Mo. Mar 27 '19 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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