Dangergyrl wrote:Has anybody else noticed this recently? A lot of my adult students and now even the kids are using this term. Or name if you wish. "Maria" . If the girl is from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesian or wherever in SE Asia local people are using this to describe domestic helpers. It seems to be popular now.
Her "Maria" was looking for the dog.
My family hired a new "Maria" but she is pretty.
The "Marias" take the grandfathers to Da'an Park.
The other "Maria" told her to run away.
It kind of irks me. Like my redneck uncle calling every black guy with a blue collar job Tyrone or every other Asian person Jackie Chan or Sue Wong or etc. I have not said much in class but it rubs me the wrong way.
tango42 wrote:The culture tends to use general somewhat standard terms in many situations for those above and below in status or situation no? And they use the terms as a form of familiarity and friendliness and sometimes makes the person addressed feel happy. I can only recall a few, but I hear different ones in different situations even when talking to strangers.
tango42 wrote:So is "Maria" really considered a negative term by those using it? Or one of these general terms used for familiarity?
My question is I wonder how domestic helpers in TW feel about it.
Lili wrote:Anyone try to figure out if there is a meaning in Chinese?
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