Just another English oddity! For some reason, We Chinese is perfectly natural, but He is a Chinese isn't.A Chinese member used 'Chinese' as a noun in the post below.
I learned that West Asians may find that term offensive around twenty-five years ago here in the States. It's a slippery word anyway, in that it once meant something like "Turkey and points east" and gradually shifted eastward from there, so I guess it's not too great a loss.On a related note, we have recently had to abandon "oriental" here in Canada. I had always felt it was quite neutral, but Chinese-Canadians and immigrants from China decided it was pejorative, so it had to go. I still don't really understand why.