[quote=“Bassman”]Great scot, it’s got to my boys head now. Poor fella.
Recently we’ve been invited to a number of dinners, you know, lots of people. At the last one we we sat at a table with a group of people that we didn’t know. At first it was ok, my wife and son were elsewhere saying hi to some friends. I sat down alone and the, “Wow, your Chinese is so great”, stuff started. That I can live with. My son was as happy as anything until he sat down at the table. That’s when it starts. The staring (my son glares back), the comments about how foreign he looks, then the questions start. My wife, Taiwanese, is sitting right there. Somehow the ignorant folk don’t connect that she probably speaks Chinese and Taiwanese. The start drilling my friend with questions about all of us. We, still sitting right there, are ignored and become the topic of conversation for the table.
This started a nervous habit for my son - the toilet rush. Every five to ten minutes he has to get away from the table. The destination - the toilet. No urination just a quick visit and back to the table.
Next time I’m inviting every foreigner with Eurasian kids to dinner with us. We’ll be the majority and start talking about their kids and wives. See how they like it.
There is curiosity and a complete lack of class. They had the latter.
Ignorance is an excuse for their opinion, but not for plain bad manners.[/quote]
OK, here’s what you do. Next time you’re at San Francisco or LA Airport and a plane-load of Taiwanese arrive, you rush to the arrival gate with your kid and point to the arriving Taiwanese coming through the gate, stare, laugh and yell “Waiguoren, waiguoren!”
It won’t solve any problems, but it will make you feel better.