One time I had a man come up to me and ask me: “If I were to go to your country and order something to eat, what would it be?”
It was the most roundabout way someone has ever asked “what kind of Asian are you?” that I’ve encountered so far.
I’m Thai and proud, sir.
I love the idea of Asian Face Appreciation Day, but not the reality that some faces are more accepted than others. I’ve been mistaken for Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Latina…….basically anything but Filipina. And I’m not exactly a size 5, either. And I know a lot of Filipino elders (mostly women) call me ‘balasang’ which pretty much means ‘lady’, and implies that I’m pretty, but because I have have an appealing face? Or because I’m lighter-skinned than other Filipinas?
thanks for submitting! i had 3 submissions in the inbox when i woke up this morning, so i’ll queue those, but any submissions sent after that will be scheduled for next month’s AFAD.