I never really thought of myself as particularly Asian.
Apparently, people here disagree.
My kids tell me that I look Chinese all the time, that I have “more Chinese eyes* than they do.” Of course, my students say a lot of things, and if I believed them I would identify myself as a Taylor-Swift-esque, Shakira-resembling, main-character-from-brave-look-alike who is Chinese and fat and tall. So I don’t always listen.
Then, just a few months ago, a good friend of mine told me she thought I was half Chinese for all of the first semester.
Then, I went to get glasses. 16-year-old Lauren was told that she needed to get glasses to fix accident induced double-vision. My 23-year-old self finally gave in today. While I was waiting for the glasses, the lady working the counter asked me, in broken English, where I was from. I told her I was American.
“Oh, but half Chinese??”
No.. just white.
“But your eyes are Chinese, yes?!”
Nope. Plain old white person.
“Oh very interesting. I was very confused because they are Chinese but blue.”
*The topic of race is MUCH more open here – people will say anything, and it is generally accepted socially. I’m a bit afraid that this will get me in trouble upon moving home.