Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Transformers...Asians in DISGUISE!
I went to a party this weekend at the BEST apartment I'd seen in Taipei.There were some really cool people there and I had a great time chilling in a HOUSE without stupid cover charges and cigarette smoke.
I didn't really talk at first when I got there, because I was feeling a little shy, so noone really talked to me either. I didn't think so much about it, until someone asked me where I was from.
"I'm from New Jersey."
All of a sudden I became a fascinating creature.
Everyone was infinitely tickled by that. Even further more when I said I was most recently from Brooklyn.
Then it dawned on me..."Oooh...they thought I was a local chica!"
To some of the foreigners who aren't Asian ethnically, I think it must be such a head trip when I start rambling in perfect English. English bred by NJ Valley Girl Mall Culture nonetheless. And to the others I guess they're just like, "Oh, cool. She's American. That explains the decent hair and lack of pastel in her wardrobe."
Ugh. I hated that. Yea, I can understand where the mistake lies. If anything, I have to remind myself to be more outgoing than I usually am to compensate for the fact I DON'T look American anymore. It definitely beats being ignored by a group of people from your country because they assume you don't speak the language or are an uninteresting local in their eyes. But it sucks that it has to be that way. But each time I do open my mouth, well, I hope everyone will remember those Asians back home who were actually cool and could speak perfect English. Yea...hey, we're in Taiwan too you know.
Either way, no matter where I go. If I drop my English bomb among locals or other Americans...I guess I stick out a bit more no matter what. Hahaha...maybe that's why I like to hang out with my friends who are crazier or as crazy as me.
There is something to be said about strength in numbers.
But seriously, this is why I blend in better in America than I do here. And why I don't think I'll ever feel 100% at home in Asia.
I think next time I go to a party where the majority of people are Non-Asian Foreigners, I'll pull a move like the Korean chick in Lost and PRETEND not to speak English, and then suddenly SHOCK N'AWE the crap out of everyone by dropping an English Bomb laced with profanities in the middle of the party.
No wait. I wouldn't be able to stand not being able to be myself: THE JERSEY GIRL.
BON JOVI RAWKS!!!! SHOT THROUGH THE HEART! AND YOU'RE TO BLAAAME. YOU GIVE LOOOOOVE.....A BAD-NAME.