Tag Archive: conversations

“You look like a foreigner”

C.’s grandma had a little accident at home a few days ago and she fell and broke her hip. She had surgery on Friday and currently stays in the hospital. I went to… Continue reading

Guessing other people’s age

The other night we went to a massage place close to our apartment. C.’s masseuse was a chatty young woman from Henan province. She asked where I was from. “Xinjiang”, I joked. Xinjiang… Continue reading

“Why are you speaking in Chinese?”

This happened in June 2009. I had to renew my passport and get a new Chinese visa. We had finished our exams and we didn’t have class, so my friend Rhomel came with… Continue reading

“Don’t tell anyone you bought them here!”

Two blocks away from our compound there is a wet market where all the old ladies from the neighbourhood go shopping. Sometimes I also go there, as the fruits sold in supermarkets are… Continue reading

“Now you know how foreigners feel like in China”

A few days ago we took John to a sushi restaurant because he felt like eating sushi. John is the 9-year-old son of C.’s ex wife. C. and John lived together for several years… Continue reading