From Cantonese é¬¼ä½¬ ("foreign devil", literally "ghost man").
- derogatory w:Caucasian race|Caucasian people (generally men)
For the usage in Cantonese, see the usage notes at é¬¼ä½¬.
Some Caucasians living in w:Hong Kong|Hong Kong now occasionally use the English gweilo to jokingly refer to themselves. This reflects a transformation in which an ethnic group begins referring to itself with a term which was originally considered an w:ethnic slur|ethnic slur.
In the Hong Kong cinema industry, gweilo is often used to describe Caucasian actors playing in Asian movies.
Cartoon by Larry Feign