My husband can be a bit of a prankster.
Being a non-Asian foreigner in China can get you a lot of stares. Being a black person in China gets you the MOST stares.
Wait, aren’t black people foreigners too? Yes, but….they’re in their own category. In public, we almost always get referred to as “a foreigner and a black man”
Seeing the two of us together?? Oh man! It’s like the Chinese have hit the jackpot of the most curious thing they’ve seen their whole life!
So perhaps he plays little jokes on people as a way to passive-aggressively release a bit of the frustration that can build up from being stared and pointed at day in and day out.
One day we’re at Walmart, minding our own business as we glide up the moving walkway to pay for our groceries.
We’ve been spotted! The young couple in front of us starts giggling and whispering to each other.
Gee….I wonder what they’re talking about?
On a side note, I’m not sure which is better: knowing people are talking about you but not knowing what they’re saying OR knowing people are talking about you and KNOWING what they’re saying….
What do you think?
As my Chinese improved, at times I wish I could’ve just gone back to my naive oblivion.
Yet another useful phrase.
In the middle of the up and down moving walkways are bins full of last minute items to buy.
Sponges, toothpicks and…..condoms??? Now, this just got FUN!!!
My husband has long arms and good aim.
As the couple continued to giggle, Kwadwo grabs a box of condoms and slyly tosses it into their shopping cart.
To them, it seemed as if a box of condoms had somehow fallen off the bin into their cart. The guys picks it up and does a “HUH???”
Then, realizing what it is, quickly throws it back into the bin like it’s on fire.
Now, who’s laughing???
Chinese people, in general, are quite 不好意思 (bù hǎo yī si), or embarrassed about anything to do with sex.
This sheltered innocence is actually one of the reasons I want to raise my daughter in Asia.
Snickering to ourselves over our victory, we high-fived, smugly pushed our cart to the checkout line and paid for our items.
Question for you :
As your Chinese improves, do you prefer to know or not know what people are saying?
Let me know in the comments!
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