Things Chinese people have said to me when meeting for the first time:

  1. “Your Chinese is very good!”
    This is a lie.
  2. “You are very skinny!”
    This is probably prompted by the image of the fat American, but I’ll take it.
  3. “Where is your Romeo?!”
    This, I assume, is because my name sounds like Juliet.  The first time someone said it to me I thought it was just a fluke. Nope.
  4. “You remind me of an actress in my favorite movie!”
    What’s your favorite movie?
    “The Sound of Music!”
    Julie Andrews?!

 

2 responses to “Things Chinese people have said to me when meeting for the first time:

  1. Poor Mr. Pamuk

    No, they mean your Alfa Romeo. All Americans are rich and have a red convertibles made in Italy. Didn’t you see “The Graduate?”

  2. Maybe they mean Romeo as in boyfriend?