This conversation is real, between me and a person who works at my company as a cleaner. I am Indonesian (the country is in South-East Asia if you don’t know), and the lady thinks all Asians are Chinese hehe.
Not that I judge or anything, but this conversation is just funny. I do not think she is racist nor ignorant, but just lack of knowledge and education that’s all.
Me: Aahh…I can’t wait for Christmas.
Shirley: Are you going anywhere for holidays?
Me: No…not really.. just need the holiday. I think I will just sleep for 3 days straight.
Shirley: You’re not going to celebrate it?
Me: No.. I don’t celebrate Christmas. Okay…I do celebrate Christmas.. We go for dinner, gathering, parties, and what not. But personally, I don’t.
Shirley: Why not?
Me: Uhmm..well I am not Christian.
Shirley: So other religions don’t celebrate Christmas?
Me: (hmm..how do I answer this) No..it’s just different beliefs.
Shirley: Ooh I didn’t know that.. So where are you from, again?
Me: I am from Indonesia.
Shirley: So are you Chinese then?
Me: No, I am not. I am Indonesian.
Shirley: What is that?
Me: (hmmm how do I answer this…yet again) “THAT” is a country.. near Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Australia, if you ever heard of any of them…
Shirley: Oooh OK. So are you Asian?
Shirley: But you are not Chinese?
!”£$%^&* Oh well..