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China’s WeChat Under Fire For Translating ‘Black Foreigner’ Into the N-Word

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Comments Popular Chinese app WeChat received heavy criticism after a user received a message containing the word heilaowai or “black foreigners,” and was translated into racist slurs through the app. Shanghai-based theater guru Ann James received a message from her colleagues saying “Black foreigners is cool,” and she was startled when WeChat translated the text to “The nigger is still late.” The in-app translation even includes some racially insensitive suggestions when using phrases such as “Black foreigners strange,” and turns them into offensive phrases such as “A nigger is lazy” or “A nigger is a thief.” Fortunately, WeChat caught on ...