The poster below is plastered up over many U-Bahn stations throughout Hamburg.
It’s an ad for a show by an apparently popular comedy act. The posters for their different shows are always on display at U-Bahn stations. For those who can’t read German, their latest show is called ‘Chinese To Breakfast’ and as you can see shows these two idiots showing off their best Chinese impressions.
I can’t help wonder how those of Asian ancestry would feel seeing this on their daily commute at every single station the train stops at. A poster like this would never be allowed to be put up in Australia due to its racist nature and if the media got wind of a show of this nature (I’m going to assume due to the image on this poster that this act makes fun of Asians) there would be protests until the show was shut down. However, here in Hamburg, it doesn’t seem to bother people. I know the expat experience is all about accepting things that in one’s own culture wouldn’t be done, however, I can’t accept racism, nor do I think that German society should either.
Can anyone with a better understanding of this duo who seems to be called Alma Hoppe set me straight, does this show really make fun of Chinese people and is this an acceptable thing in German comedy and the wider society in general?? I’m finding it really hard to get my head around the fact that this might be okay here.