It’s my first time to the U.K.
Staying in Hounslow, Greater London right now.
I’ve got lots of strange and unexpected impression so far.
Not sure whether it’s just London or the whole U.K. is like this.
Upon arriving in the Heathrow Airport, everything is so tiny and people are packing all over.
The seats on the underground tubes and buses are as tiny as (or even more tiny than) the ones on the MRT in Taipei, but people here, including myself, are a lot bigger than the average Taiwanese people, so it’s crowded as hell.
And, maybe in the area I’m staying in, I haven’t seen any indigenous White English yet. I see people of every race, ethnicity, and skin color here except for the indigenous White English. Most White people shown here are obviously migrants from Poland and other Eastern European countries.
No English was heard when taking a stroll in the city center. Every one is speaking in their own first language, which is not English or Mandarin, so I understand nothing. LOL.
And, once again, people here like any other Europeans, give me strange looks and discuss or guess my ethnicity in their own language, because I clearly heard sounds like “Cheenes” or “Cheena” coming out from their mouth, which is so identifiable. Then again, South Asians, Africans, Latinos, other ethnic groups are not getting this kind of treatment. Only East Asians are getting this. So, I once again doubt there’s some kind of anti-Chinese or anti-Asians thoughts going on in Europe.
South Asians, Africans, or Latinos here are fine with me. No problem so far.
The Polish here seems to be obviously anti-Chinese. Two Polish clerks had a huge conversation in their own language bashing China and Chinese once they saw me in shopping in their store. And they even keep talking about it when I’m lining up to get checked out.
I don’t understand a word in Polish, but I heard sounds like “Cheenese” and “Swine” in addition to their ugly looks, I figured out they’re obviously not saying anything good.
- I couldn’t fully make sure what they were saying.
- I was tired at that moment, so no mood to argue with some clerks.
- I’ve gotten used to it. It’s Europe anyway.
After one of them checked me out, I couldn’t help but ask “Where are you from?”, and she replied “Oh, I’m from Poland”, I said nothing and walked away, leaving them with their nasty comments behind as if I’m the one despising them.
I’m sure I’m just stuck in a strange place in the U.K., which for sure doesn’t represent the whole spectrum of the U.K.
Hopefully things are getting different and better once I head up North.