Apologies if this topic has been already covered.
How do you feel about being called this? I don’t think it’s particularly respectful, but would you view it as neutral or disrespectful?
Context: sure we all hear it from time to time. Kids say it in front of their parents and I hear it often in very “local” settings such as in the countryside or markets. It usually doesn’t bother me. However, today it did.
Shopping for a new phone at a flagship store where I’m about to pop down NTD15,000+ on a mid-range phone I overheard the manager refer to me as 外國人 to her subordinate. Fine. I let it go. Then after when I’m supposedly out of earshot again, subordinates to each other. And again, and again. Laughing and giggling.
Here’s the rub, everyone spoke close to fluent English in that shop (6 people I interacted with). After the 7th or 8th time, I walked out. I had money in hand and had picked out my phone.
Am I being particularly thin skinned? I just felt that as paying customer on a big ticket item there might have been a more polite or respectful way of referring to me.
thanks for any replies.