The performance requests
Yesterday a girl on the bus started talking to me. She asked the basic questions about where I’m from, why am I in China and whatnot. Then she started asking if I like to sing. Personally I’m not much of a singer but karaoke is a super big deal here, so I politely smiled and said sometimes. She pulled out her phone and pulled up Katy Perry’s Roar and asked if I could sing it for her. I was not feeling into performing for a stranger and politely declined, she was so shocked that an American would be so shy.
I’m not sure not wanting to start singing for a stranger while on public transportation exactly translates to being shy… but perhaps I’m wrong? Sometimes I end up second guessing myself, wondering if its strange that I don’t want to sing for a stranger on public transportation. Also any KTV experience is filled with requests to sing English songs.
People pretty consistently come up and ask me if I have a gun. Sometimes its sort of startling when I’m working and a parent comes into the office and asks me if I have a weapon. I know there is stereotype (that’s sort of true I guess) that Americans love guns, but usually not girls my age and I definitely have never felt the need to own a weapon.
The English Questions
I often receive compliments on my English, which is sort of funny to me, being my only language. People will sometimes ask me how many English words I know. I had no idea but I researched and apparently the average person knows 50,000 words, a reasonably well-educated person should know 75,000 words (hopefully I count as reasonably well educated). I usually just respond by asking them how many Chinese words they know. I have to admit though, I get impressed with their ability to read and write characters. I can’t even write my Chinese name legibly and its just two characters.
The racial difference questions
No one believes my hair is naturally curly. I’ve tried to tell people that its just the way it is but they constantly ask me how often I perm it. When I got my hair cut at the salon they told my friend if I came back they could give me a better perm then the one I have now, which slightly miffed me. I’m not sure I’ll ever convince anyone its genetics. I’ve also been asked how I get my skin so light and if American women have an easier time giving birth(?).
seriously creepy funny thing about getting a hair cut was that some of the people in the salon were catching my hair as he cut it and looking at it. I’m really hoping no one my hair home with them.
The Random Questions
People also consistently ask me how much money I make in China and how much I made in America (I don’t answer) I also get asked if I know gay people (I do and I’m pretty they do too) What do I eat (not rice) and probably a million other bizarre question. Its very amusing most of the time and the questions are always just out of pure curiosity which is sort of endearing. Its definitely a part of living in a smaller Chinese city.
And to be honest, as funny as these questions are, I ask a LOT of dumb questions here. A LOT.
other people get asked funny questions? would you sing for a stranger on a bus?