Lovely Laowai

It seems that I can’t go to a temple, pagoda, monument, historical site, park, or museum (not to mention shopping malls, supermarkets, and sidewalks) without becoming part of the attraction. I have lost count of the number of pictures of me in the procession of random Chinese people that I have encountered along the way.

After all, it’s not everyday you get to see a ‘blond-haired’ and ‘blue-eyed’ laowai in China. Apparently, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event that should be immediately photographed for posterity and village bragging rights.

This man actually waited in line for a photo op.

I nearly always agree to these strange photo-ops, but it does make me wonder if there’s some sort of on-line data base (similar to this American site) where the Chinese can view their country’s collection of foreigners. So I made a Google search: “white people in China” which referred me to another blog post. It cracked me up, so I want to direct you all to Shanghai Sigrid’s How to pose like a Chinese person.

Happy reading!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Doug and Barb
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 16:15:02

    I know a celebrity!

    Reply

  2. nomadiclivin
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 16:07:25

    Ah, a fellow foreigner teaching in China.

    Just found my way onto WordPress after 8 years of posting on LiveJournal. First blog I see is right up my alley!

    I love how natives just line up to take pictures with foreigners. Makes me regret not charging 5 yuan per picture or something like that. Could have paid for my train tickets this July (visited the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China last month).

    Anyway, I’m going to subscribe to your blog. Hope you can do the same for me 🙂

    Reply

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