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    introduce one's race

    Hi,
    Should there be an article 'a' with a race?

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    I'm a Chinese or I'm Chinese.

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    Re: introduce one's race

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi,
    Should there be an article 'a' with a race?

    e.g.
    I'm a Chinese or I'm Chinese.

    Thanks
    No article is necessary.

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    Re: introduce one's race

    We normally talk of our own and other's nationality, not their race. About the only time I ever refer to myself as 'Caucasian', is when, in talking about people's reactions to seeing my colleagues and me for the first time when we worked in China, I say "We were the only Caucasians within five hundred miles of the town".

    I normally say, depending on the situation, "I am English" or "I am British". I never say, "I'm an Englishman" or "I'm a Briton". Of a Chinese or Japanese colleague, I would only ever say say "S/he is Chinese/Japanese", with no article.

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    Re: introduce one's race

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We normally talk of our own and other's nationality, not their race. About the only time I ever refer to myself as 'Caucasian', is when, in talking about people's reactions to seeing my colleagues and me for the first time when we worked in China, I say "We were the only Caucasians within five hundred miles of the town".

    I normally say, depending on the situation, "I am English" or "I am British". I never say, "I'm an Englishman" or "I'm a Briton". Of a Chinese or Japanese colleague, I would only ever say say "S/he is Chinese/Japanese", with no article.

    Hi,
    Therefore, an article 'a' as in she is a chinese is redundant, right? In my country, people would ask our race because we are too diverse in racial composition. Even when filling forms, there is an item which asks us to write our race.

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    Re: introduce one's race

    We have to fill in ethnicity on many forms too- there are over 200 languages spoken in London and we're a diverse society. We don't ask people directly about this, but we could ask about nationality. And we generally don't use the indefinite article.

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    Re: introduce one's race

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We have to fill in ethnicity on many forms too- there are over 200 languages spoken in London and we're a diverse society. We don't ask people directly about this, but we could ask about nationality. And we generally don't use the indefinite article.
    I see the difference between The West and Southeast Asia culturally now.

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