Chinese Cartoons

Chinese Cartoons

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"Chinese Cartoons" is a term used to refer to anime, both ironically and un-ironically. The un-ironic usage is usually a mistake made by people unfamiliar with anime, while the ironic use is often to parody or poke fun at these people. It is also used as a way to ridicule anime fans and japanophiles.

Origin

The expression "Chinese cartoons" is in wide use by those unfamiliar with anime subculture and Japanese culture in general, due to the common Western confusion between Chinese and Japanese cultures.[2] The first registered instance of its use to refer un-ironically to anime was a thread on 4chan's anime and manga board /a/. Posted on February 28th, 2008, the post featured a joke about anime elitism and "intellectual animation".[4]


Anonymous Thu 28 Feb 2008 12:25:51 No.9906868 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>9908930 Did you know there are people who use such terms as Shakespeare, literature, and "deep when talking about Chinese cartoons and tentacle porns? Can't you believe that? Then, go to >>9906174. You can see uber-wise guys yelling at what we call a copy-pasta. Anonymous Thu 28 Feb 2008 12:27:11 No.9906888 Report Code Geass is actually a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. 79KiB, 602x437, 1203259839303.jpg Anonymous Thu 28 Feb 2008 12:27:15 No.9906890 Report View Same Google Yandex gab SauceNAO Dragonball is Shakespearear

Spread

Beginning as a synonym of anime and as a way to troll anime fans and japanophiles on 4chan,[3] the usage spread to other communities like Tumblr.[5] On May 10th, 2012, Urban Dictionary user icantfeelmyarms submitted an entry for “chinese cartoon”, defining it as “what normal people call anime.”[7] On November 29th, 2013, user Lanik submitted a thread on the MyAnimeList forums asking why people call anime "chinese cartoons"; users responded that the term was a joke.[1]


Chinese Cartoon What normal people call anime... Mostly,if you watch them, you'l hear your middle-aged mom say this. My son's hobby? He watches and collects Chinese cartoons. Por icantfeelmyarms 10 de mayo de 2012

Usage on 4chan

On 4chan, the imageboard originally founded as a discussion forum for anime fans, the "Chinese cartoons" joke has spawned a series of insults directed at anime fans on the site. The structure of joke originated with trolls accusing others of talking about unrelated subjects on boards like /a/, which is specifically devoted to anime, by saying "why are you discussing this on a Chinese cartoons forum?" In response, people would create long reaction threads by coming up with different types of titles for the board, using the format "[Country of Origin] [Skill or Hobby] [forum or board]."[8][9]


View Same Google iqdb SauceNA0 d. 132982075601 0.gif, 944KiB, 255x179 Anonymous Sun 24 Jan 2016 12:48:23 No.65142807Report taking pictures of food taking pictures of f------ mcD posting them on a cambodian wood-carving board Anonymous ID: 91CMouBx Fri 29 Jan 2016 13:47:03 No.62428652 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>62429193 >>62429395 >>62429572 >>62429604 >>62429779 would a small decal like this be ok? note subtlety, size and color please tell me. i don't want you to think i'm an idiot if you see me on the road. i want random people to give me nazi salutes and kek about it. 648KiB, 1404x884, poltruck.png Anonymous ID: PowL24S1 Fri 29 Jan 2016 13:49:56 No.62428883 】 Report View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO >4chan merchandise f------ normie REEEEEEEEEEEEE GET OUT Anonymous ID: Cn1Hj 45x Fri 29 Jan 2016 13:49:57 No.62428886 Report Do what you want, stop asking people on a Mongolian spearfishing board what to do with your life
Two examples of the joke in use.

As the threads progressed, the derivations would become more extreme and specific. This type of joke is widespread, and is rumored to date back to the origin of 4chan. A search of the first country of origin, "Mongolian" combined with the word "board" on the 4chan archive 4plebs returns more than 1300 instances as of January 29th, 2016.[10] A search for "Cambodian board" returns 455 results.[11] While it is difficult to track all the different uses of this meme, we have recorded some of the more common derivations below.


  • Bangladeshi Kite Testing Forum
  • Mongolian Spearfishing Forum
  • Bulgarian Rug-weaving Forum
  • Indian Metalworking Forum
  • Kurdish Underwater Basketweaving Forum
  • Somalian Potato Farming Forum
  • African Fingerpainting Forum
  • Cambodian Cave Drawing Forum

Various Examples


Why most weeaboos are single WE'VE GOT I 28 days before Netflix NO, I'M SERIOUS: MY GIRLFRIEND CALLED SPIRITED AWAY A CARTOON I DUMPED HER ITSANIME NOT CARTOONS quickmeme.com HEY WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ANIME YOU MEAN THES CHINESE CARTOONS? memecenter.comemeCenteraa HEY MEMECENTER! ANIME IS JUST OVERRATED CHINESE CARTOONS memecenter.com Mame Centerae

Search Interest

Note: Search interest for the ironic use of "Chinese Cartoons" also represents search interest for cartoons of Chinese origin. Top search results are mixed, with ironic usage and un-ironic usage returning about an equal amount of results. However, any results before 2008 refer to cartoons of Chinese origin.

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