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“Are you married?”

An elderly Chinese man starts talking to me in Shenzhen.

03/12/2012

Ruth Silbermayr-Song

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He asks: “Excuse me, I’m looking for Sunshine Western Restaurant. Do you know where it is?”
I tell him: “I don’t, I’m sorry. I’m not familiar with this area.”
“Where are you from?”
“I’m from Austria.”
“What’s your age? Twenty-something?”
“I’m 25.”
“Are you married?”
“No, I’m not.”
The Chinese grandpa then says: “You should go and find yourself a Chinese guy.”
“Oh, I do have a Chinese boyfriend, but we’re not married.”
“You already have a Chinese guy. That’s great! I have to get going. Goodbye!”
“Goodbye!”

Have you ever been surprised by the questions of a stranger?