I’ve talked about how people stare at me when I walk down the street. Some even pull out their cell-phone and take pictures. Westerners are that unusual here that we’re still a curiosity.
Several discussions lately have dealt with why Chinese women want a western man for a husband. Most of it has to do with money–westerners are seen as rich–but there’s also the fact that westerners aren’t Chinese. I didn’t think about it much, but sitting in a cab yesterday it suddenly hit me:
I am “an exotic foreigner”. Looks like the shoe’s on the other foot.