Never, you’re always a wog.
- After you’ve tackled the language and scored a local wife
- After you become a legal passported citizen.
My question arises in no small part from what I believe is all the pussy footing responses to other threads. Foreigner gets beaten up, we’re told because he was dirty dancin’ with a local lass. So in response, we get all these warnings about not putting the noses of our gracious hosts out of joint by flashing a bit of who we might be when we are at “home.”
Elsewhere furr’ner smokes some weed in public and the nannies have their knickers in a bunch about contravenng local laws, decency and scaring babies lest the chicken bit seller looks at them funny next time they get a hankering.
Well I say bollocks to all that. If I am in Taiwan, HK, or my passport country Australia or whereever, I will be myself. I don’t lop the heads of the local god botherers, I pay my dues and I remain largely a decent bloke in most cultures. Why should I tame myself because a xenophobe can’t deal with it?
I’m no thug, I actually abhor violence in all it’s forms. I run the odd light, step over the odd law I feel is silly to me but generally lay enough social greese with local awareness to keep relations fine.
So tell me, when do I have to stop wringing my hands about not being “local” and get to do my own thing? You know, just be me.