by Toffler

Toffler

Toffler

Look, look! A foreigner, look!

This morning while at the airport, this was shouted about me.  A woman standing about 10ft away kept saying to her son, ‘look, look!  A foreigner, look.  Say hello.’  I’m not a monkey in a cage!  This is not the zoo.  I’m not a spectacle!  I can understand what you’re saying and find it degrading and disrespectful.  I don’t walk through the airport shouting at you ‘look, look, a woman wearing a green shirt. Lets ask her if she only has green shirts.’  No, I may not be Chinese (which I’m glad of) but I am also certainly not an animal in a zoo to be mocked either!  Furthermore, the fact that this woman showed so little respect while at the airport, a place that implies a certain level of wealth and a certain level of contact with the greater world, stunned me.  I expect this in the countryside in China, in remote places that rarely see foreigners, but not at a provincial capital airport.  At least her son was far more intuitive than she and took interest in the planes and the airport rather than just another passenger waiting for their plane.  Unbelievable.

So, what do you think ?