What's starting to get on my nerves is when people ask time and again what I am, where I'm from, what background I belong to. The asking doesn't bother me. Not at all. It's the reaction that makes me want to squeeze that stress ball so hard, it would mush into pieces. (Okay, I'm overly exaggerating, but you get the idea). Let me tell you about some of my experiences - true story!
Experience # 1:
Asian Guy Who Looks Lost: Hey, excuse me.
AGWLL: Are you Chinese? Do you speak Cantonese?
Me: No, sorry.
AGWLL (continues to talk to me, asking me something about the bus/transit)
Experience # 2:
Asian Girl From Economics: Hey, excuse me!
AGFE: Hey, are you Chinese?
Me: No, I'm not.
AGFE: Oh, really? You look Chinese.
Me: No, I'm Filipino.
AGFE: Oh, okay! You look so pretty! I really thought you were Chinese.
Me: Thanks :) I'm Filipino, but my boyfriend's Chinese though.
AGFE: Oh, okay. (Asks questions about the Boyfriend)...Are you in Economics? I really need help on this.
Me: Oh, no sorry.
AGFE: Oh, it's okay. Ok, well, take care!
And there are a ton more experiences that resemble these. I was okay explaining the first few times...but damn, they just keep coming! Do I really look that Asian? Not Filipino at all?
The worst encounters are when my age is what's being questioned. I'm now 21. I guess I look 17 or 18. I'm in fourth year, I guess I look like I'm in First. Less than 2 years ago, the dentist thought I was still in high school. Go figure. Let me share with you today's experience.
Girl In The Bus (asking people whether they go to The University (the campus I attend)): Hey, do you go to The University?
Guy 1, Guy 2: Yeah.
GITB: Are you in first year?
Guy 1, Guy 2: Yeah.
GITB (looking at Me and the Person Beside Me): Are you guys from The University?
PBM: No.; Me: Yeah.
GITB (to Me): Are you in First year?
Me: No, I'm actually in Fourth.
GITB: Really??? You don't look like Fourth year.
Me: (He He He. . . . . . )
See what I mean?
1. Do you have any experiences similar to mine?
2. Do you think I'm over-reacting? :P
3. How are you today? :)