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The real “dog eaters”: 2015- the dark ages of Chinese xenophobia in T&T


Dear Frizzlefowlers.

This one hit so close to home that it blasted me out of writing hypernation.

Trinis of Chinese heritage across the nation are in uproar about the effervescent Health Minister’s controversial comments that stirred up the age-old issue of Chinese xenophobia. And worst yet, are the responses of some.

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Dog carcasses left hanging outside local Chinese establishment: CNC3 Television

Now my personal exposure to this racial intolerance has been existent as far back as I can recall. And the funny thing is, I don’t even look that Chinese. .

I’m of mixed heritage and Trini to the bone, but since my tender years have been affiliated most with my Chinese ancestry. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been labelled a “Dark Chinee” or “Chindian, and gathered multiple nicknames such as “Ting-a-Ling”, “Ping Pong”, and “Stir Fry”.

I’ve been taunted throughout childhood with “Chinee, Chinee, never die, flat nose and choonkie eye”, been shunned because of my apparent love of dog meat, and feared because my Chinese-looking “cut eye” was dragon-fierce and backed by some karate training.

I’ve even had rude supermarket attendants refusing to help me (a “dog eater”), out-of-timing comments about half Chinese women and their subservient sexual tendencies, mimicry of my “Chinese accent”; all still occurring up to present day. This post was even more inspired by an incident just a few days ago, when, with my boys (one of whom looks quite Asian); I was  accosted by ignorant perceptions about Chinese people, and their “nasty” Chinese food dog-eating habits. And the realisation that my five year old son would soon be exposed to this xenophobic madness, jolted me.


Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome. ~ Rosa Parks

I have grown increasingly fed-up with the ignorance, so I’m going to address these three common acuities:

1) All Chinese are dog-eaters:

Just no. My goodness people; in certain, NOT ALL, Chinese sub-cultures, dogs are eaten as a local delicacy. And historically, dog meat has also been consumed in many other parts of Eastand Southeast Asia, West Africa, Europe, Oceania and even America. For me, growing up with a Chinese-African grandfather who had a finer taste for wild and exotic meats, I’ve been exposed to the concept. My Grandfather, while serving in World War II in China, ate dog meat as a means of survival during food shortages. And I personally think that that was an awesome survival strategy, and would damn well do the same.


2) Only Chinese people like to eat nasty things:

Among some delicacies that local sub cultures partake of in China include insects, uncooked /half formed eggs, and unwanted animal parts. But let’s put this thing into perspective: we in Trinidad embrace local delicacies like black pudding, pig foot/ snout and chicken foot souse, cow heel soup and geera gizzard which all comprise of less than desirable “reject” animal parts. Also, agouti one of the favourite local wild meat delicacies (now illegal) is closely related to rats, and shrimp (another local favourite) is a bottom-feeder that feeds quite a lot on literal crap. Nice huh. Who are we then to judge?

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Pictures of local delicacies and confiscated wild meat Trinidad Guardian

3) The Chinese have no right to be here and are sucking us dry of opportunity:

Gah @ the stupidity… These immigrants are allowed legal entry into our country. And they generally make much better use of their time here. Asian and especially Chinese work ethic is ranked among the world’s best. Sacrifice and intense discipline is the way of life. Compare a Chinese grocery or restaurant to a locally established one in your area. Which is opened first and closed last? We Trinis, with our laid-back island mentality, love to point fingers and find flaws with anyone who surpasses us; especially against the industrious Chinese immigrants, who take serious strain with intense personal sacrifices. The immigrant population and their descendants have contributed tremendously to our society and economy. And it would be good for us to adopt some of their mentalities.

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Picture of thousands of Chinese students demonstrating the art of discipline

We have proven to be a people of little tolerance. We are offended by anything that is different, and have shown immense narrow-mindedness. In this year 2015, I am ashamed to see that my countrymen (amongst whom include the descendants of African slaves, East Indian labourers, poor Europeans, and the enslavers themselves) have regressed and are still stuck in the dark ages.

Racism in any form, is not ok.


I write this in full support of Lily Kwok and the countless others in their online appeal to combat ignorance, xenophobia, intolerance and racism.


“Fight ignorance. Proclaim your humanity. Spread love. #IAmAPerson” Lily Kwok


Please, let us end intolerance and embrace the cultural variety that makes us such a unique Caribbean melting pot.  Differences fabricate the colour of life’s tapestry; without it, our world would be meh. It is up to us to stop racism by adjusting our attitudes (and jokes), revisiting personal stereotypes and prejudices, and resolving to teach by example and through love.

 #EndIntolerance #EmbraceDifferences


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Emancipated? My foot.

Today marks our country’s 29th national holiday in remembrance of the momentous August 1 1838; when enslaved Africans of the then British Caribbean were freed from bondage.

emancipation-1And this of course, in the midst of Malala Yousafzai’s visit; the young Pakistani girl who was shot in the head because she stood up for equal education, who in turn praised T&T for our free education..


Poignant movements; freedom for humankind, great strides for humanity. Hooray for us right?


We belong to a local and international body that still reflects age-old ideals that rights are subject to. Whilst strides were made over a century and half ago to free millions of people from chattel slavery, and stop the genocidal slave trade, there is still a growing sex trade that touches our sands and the bloodshed of innocent children and adults continue at the hands of criminal elements. Malala for whatever reason was banned by an Imam from speaking at a local mosque and all sources seem to point at the fact that it was a matter of elder perception that as a female she could not address the congregation at the masjid.

The rights to being born free and equal in dignity and rights are subject to conditions and mind-sets…the “UNLESS”es.


Let’s take a brief and uncharacteristically cynical glance at some statutes of our Human Rights’ Act and its attached modus operandi, shall we? http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

  •  Everyone has the right to life, UNLESS you are still in your mother’s womb and not considered “anyone”.images (2)
  •  Everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms without distinction of sex, UNLESS you are a woman in a man’s world.
  •  Everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms without distinction of any kind, such as race or colour, UNLESS you are one of the millions who experience frequent racism.images (3)
  •  Everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms without distinction of religion or politics, UNLESS you are a Christian in China or an Arab in America.images (4)
  •  Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person, UNLESS you were born into poverty, child neglect, or to parents like Lena Fokina https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7ihdsjIqhI or those who believe in capital punishment with a shovel.8179048
  •  No one shall be held in slavery or servitude in all their forms, UNLESS you are the victim of sex trafficking or have to earn your keep as a child labourer.images (1)
  •  No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, UNLESS you are a prisoner at Golden Grove facility or a prisoner of extremist militants like Boko Harem.download (2)
  •  Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law, UNLESS you are a prisoner on death roll.images (5)
  •  No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile, UNLESS you are a bearded Muslim at the airport or a black American in a white neighbourhood.images (7)article-2126299-12682458000005DC-233_468x286
  •  Everyone is entitled the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according and full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of any criminal charge against him, UNLESS you are a youth man from Morvant, Laventille.plan
  •  No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation, UNLESS you are a political whistle-blower or activist straight arrow. download (5)
  •  Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution UNLESS you are a Serb, Albanian, Turk, Haitian, Libyan, Syrian, Pakistani, Lebanese, Ugandan, or Cuban.download (3)
  •  Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, are entitled to equal rights in marriage, UNLESS you are a Sudanese Muslim marrying a Christian.images (15)
  •  Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses, UNLESS you are a Yemen child bride.images-3
  •  No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property, UNLESS you are a national of Cuba or a member of an indigenous tribe.
    chief-raoni-cryingimages (8)Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, UNLESS these beliefs are too extremist, too unnationalistic, too queer or too liberal.


  •  Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers UNLESS you are a journalist for the Trinidad Express.press
  •  Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives, UNLESS you are a migrant citizen.download (4)
  •  Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment, UNLESS you are a temp, trainee or factory worker in Bangladeshimages (13)
  •  Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay, UNLESS you are a local worker on obligatory periodic contract.images (9)
  •  Every author has the right to the protection of any scientific, literary or artistic production, UNLESS you are unsigned, unpatented or live in piracy capitals. images (14)
  •  Everyone has the right to education and parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children, UNLESS of course you are in the “care” of parents who value extra income from selling pimentos at the roadside over books.download (1)
  •  Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality, UNLESS you are an orphaned child at the St. Michael’s home for boys, or an innocent civilian in a country that is at turf war, under siege, or ruled by corrupt officials.62011126183659337521_20             images (11)
  •  Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control, UNLESS the government’s priority rests elsewhere

And the list goes on.

Human Rights should not be ambiguous or conditional. It is a natural law that is the epitome of our progress as a species. We are conscious and intelligent beings whose interdependence on each other should fuel a resilient brotherhood, but still we bicker. We spew hatred and intolerance, we place our needs above others, and we treat others’ life as insignificant. We sit back and idly observe as some do the rebelling for us against tyranny and oppression. We converse in general indifference that human rights should be protected by the rule of law but do little ourselves. When it is essential to support friendly relations between nations, we debate who’s right and wrong and pick sides between the Palestines and Israelis or state that payback is required for any Eastern Caribbean aide given.

It is imperative for us to recognise that “inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights” for ALL comprise of “the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”


Yes, we have made lots of strides that mark “human triumph over evil”, but our world still bleeds blood and tears as there are many who show blatant disregard and contempt for these human rights in favour of barbaric acts for control and self-rise. Only through this unshackling of these prevailing egocentric and dated mental mantels would true emancipation and intellectual progression prevail.images (16)shackles

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Happy Fathers’ Day 2014

Happy Fathers' Day 2014

A heartfelt Happy Fathers’ Day to all those biological and stand-in men and women who rightly fit the role of father. You have remained the altruistic giants in our lives whose protective hands steer us onward. I encourage you all to remain stalwart in your duties as it your stance that strengthens and sets the example for us. (Frizzle Fowl)

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Congratulations to Pastor Dewrena Bhagoutie, 1st winner of The Alese Awards- for beautiful souls!

Congratulations to Pastor Dewrena Bhagoutie, the 1st winner of The Alese Awards- for beautiful souls!!!

We’re all truly inspired by her contributions, and are very pleased to give this unsung heroine the appreciation she deserves! Nominated by Amos Isiah Jaglal, see the original post here>>>https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=682579128456398&set=o.793710750644397&type=1&theater
(221 likes: Friday May 30th 2014 at 11.59pm GMT)Special homage to all our other Alese nominees, you are all truly “beautiful souls” and we thank you for your good works and benevolent contributions to humankind. You remain our heroes!!!:
Ebi Kelvin George (nominated by Jus Jodi)
+ Riaz Ali (nominated by Arlena Mohammed Ali)
+ Emiliya Ramoutar (nominated by Rufat Ahmadov)
+ Ahsrama Agui (nominated by Shivani Petal Seemungal)
+ Kemba Radhay (nominated by Kwesi-Paul THomas)

Thank you all for your wonderful participation and support in this venture! Stay logged in for our next Alese Awards installment!

Your Frizzle Fowl


Original post:

Amos Isiah Jaglal‎ > Frizzle Fowl #thealeseawards

“I nominate Pastor Dewrena Bhagoutie ………….. my pastor, mentor and spirtual mother.
~ she wakes up everymorning at 3am praying for our church and those in need.
~ she would go from siparia to debe to st madeline to barrackpore to credos and mondeablo giving out hampers
~ she has counseled many together with her husband Pastor Joel Henderson Bhagoutie
~ full-time mother, intercessor and pastor
~ she would stand up for those who are too quiet to speak
~ she would stand up to those want to take advantage of others
~ she has a heart for the widows, orphans, and the poor, offering help to them anywhere and anytime …………”



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