Thursday, May 15, 2014

Education... It's a Great Thing!

I don't know how many times in my 31 years I have had to have this conversation. And it's really getting old (and even more annoying).

This is how a typical conversation like this goes (sad, I know):

       Random: So, what's your nationality?

       Me: American.

       (Surprised look on Random's face because they've just realized their own ignorance-- or at least I hope that's why.)

       Random: Well, I knew that...

       Me: Okay, then why did you ask?

Of course, I'm not stupid-- I know what they're trying to ask.  But the snob in me feels like only the proper question deserves the proper answer.  :]

Let's clear this up, people:

Which makes my

Nationality: American.  Yes, I am an American citizen. Hard to believe, I know. Just take a deep breath and let it sit.  Everything is going to be okay.

Ethnicity: Chinese. My parents are Chinese, their parents are Chinese, their parents' parents are Chinese, etc.

And yes, you can be both. Chinese American. BOOM-- Mind blown!