One day President Harper met this young Oriental on the campus, stopped to chat with him for a few minutes, and asked what had impressed him as being the most noticeable characteristic of the American people.

"Why", the Chinaman exclaimed, "the queer slant of your eyes. Your eyes are off slant!" What do we say about the Chinese? We refuse to believe that which we do not understand.

What does the words in bold means ?

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    You may want to research the meaning of each of those words in a dictionary, and read the paragraph following your last sentence. – user3395 Apr 25 '16 at 11:25

It is important to understand that caucasians make disparaging remarks about asians because their eyes have epicanthic folds, which makes their eyes seem to be slanted.

This chinese guy knows this and turns the idea round, sayin that caucasoid eyes have a strange slope- implying that asian eyes are normal.

Queer in this context means strange or unusual. In recent years it is used more about homosexuals.

Off is used to mean slightly incorrect.


The author want us to introspect how we look towards our limitations. That is generally we think that Chinese peoples eyes are off slant but he says it just how you look.

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