Thursday, January 07, 2010

Generic Asian Look?

I went to the Zoo yesterday, and it was pretty fun just hanging out and seeing the animals.  But this post isn't going to be about that.  When I first walked into the gates, this Taiwanese lady came up to me speaking in mandarin, asking me how she can get in for free.  I wasn't even the first one! She just bypassed everyone else and asked me! haha luckily I was the only one that knew mandarin (although broken).  I didn't really think much of it until when we left the zoo, an old chinese man goes directly to me asking: "ji dian? ji dian?" (what time is it?) heh then we started laughing about how I probably just have that Asian look so people just know I speak Chinese

Then I realized that this wasn't the first time I've encountered this:

During our Asia trips to Thailand, Japan and Vietnam people would talk to me in their native language thinking that I was from there!  It happened a lot more often to me than it did to Henry.  We laughed about it then too.

Oh yea, there was this photo album on Facebook from our Mt. Diable hiking trip.  Anju tells me she had a friend that asked her if we were hiking in China.  Why would he ask that? He had pointed directly at me asking "That guy's from China right?" hahaha man..

So yea, I am the Generic Asian Man (except for Filipino, as stated by Gary and Andy)


Steph D. said...

what made it even better was that it happened TWICE.

Cora L. said...

AHHAAHA yeah when i told my friend you werent from china he didnt believe me LOL. its okay i get that too man, people are ALWAYS speaking chinese to me. UGH !

Fishy said...

When I read this post, I kept singing "Secret Asian Man" in my head, except of course with "Genericcc Asiannn Mannn." If that wasn't your ploy, that's what happened in my head anyways :P