Chapter 25: No Chinese, No American, Just Lunch | Speaking of China

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  1. Priscilla
    Priscilla February 17, 2010 at 5:45 am | | Reply

    I sometimes forget that my other half is Caucasian. Sometimes when I get up before him in the morning, I would stare and admire his eyelashes and then occasionally I would tell him, “Sometimes I forget that you are a white person.” LOL

  2. Mark
    Mark February 17, 2010 at 7:15 am | | Reply

    Back in my party days in China, I’d be out with Chinese people I had just met at a random club and we’d all be chummy around a hotpot or wolfing down barbecue, and during those beer-soaked evenings, I’d either feel supremely like a foreigner, when they were all ganging up on me to 干杯 my ass into an early grave, or we’d all be laughing at some silly Chinese joke and I was just another dude out with friends having a good time. Both situations were fine with me :-P.

  3. Fabrizio
    Fabrizio February 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm | | Reply

    Great post, I always felt much more at ease in China with the people that did not give me special treatment. It is nice at times, but I often felt like it was hard to really connect with certain people when they could only see me as the guest.

  4. Gerald Schmidt
    Gerald Schmidt February 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm | | Reply

    Sometimes, I forget that *I* am a Caucasian… I have become so used to having almost only Chinese faces around, I can manage to wonder about my own face being so different, after all, when I see it mirrored somewhere.
    The reaction to some of the (many, other) foreigners in Shanghai, after a year in Hunan, was also “my, that one’s so tall” 😉

  5. Friend
    Friend February 18, 2010 at 2:12 am | | Reply

    Sounds nice that a lot of you all had a warm memories in China. I always remind myself whenever I travel to different places around the world that no matter the buildings, entertainment venues, scenery or food, it’s really the people that can turn anything small to big, or big to small, beautiful or ugly.

  6. Roueen
    Roueen February 18, 2010 at 4:03 am | | Reply

    actually many Chinese people never think about your nationality. when you are in a party with them, they can accept you a friend and I have never seen, that they care about the nationalities .

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