Jook-sing or "Zuk-xing" (竹升) is a Cantonese term for an overseas Chinese person who was born in a Western environment and/or a Chinese person who more readily or strongly identifies with Western culture than traditional Chinese culture.
The term "Jook-sing" evolved from 竹杠 which pronounce: Zuk-gong (in Cantonese) or Zhu-gang (in Mandarin) means a bamboo pole or rod. Since 杠 (gong) is a homophone of another word 降 which means descend or downward, it’s replaced with 升 (sing) means ascend or upward.  
Bamboo is hollow and compartmentalized, thus water poured in one end does not flow out of the other end. The metaphor is that jook-sings are not part of either culture: water within the jook-sing does not flow and connect to either end. It may or may not be derogatory. Use of the term predates World War II.
North American usage
In the United States and Canada, the term is pejorative and refers to fully Westernized American-born or Canadian-born Chinese. The term originates from Cantonese slang in the United States. Jook-sing are categorised as having Western-centric identities, values and culture. This term also refers to similar Chinese individuals in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, and New Zealand.
- Banana (Chinese: 香蕉人/香蕉仔; pinyin: xiāngjiāo rén / xiāngjiāo zi; Jyutping: hoeng1 ziu1 jan4/hoeng1 ziu1 zi2) (referencing the yellow skin and white innings of the fruit when fully matured) and Twinkie (based on the snack produced by American company Hostess - again, it denotes something that is "yellow" on the outside and "white" on the inside): often pejorative.
- FOB (Fresh Off the Boat): antonym of Jook-sing
- Overseas Chinese: American Chinese, British Chinese, Chinese Canadian, Chinese Australian, Chinese New Zealander
- American-born Chinese
- Emma Woo Louie, Chinese American Names, McFarland & Company, 1998, ISBN 0-7864-0418-3
- Douglas W Lee, Chinese American history and historiography: The musings of a Jook-Sing, 1980.
- Sung, Victoria (28 June 2011). "Caught Between Worlds: In Defense of the Jook-Sing".
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