Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Clearly, there are not enough Asians in Georgia.

Let me tell you something about Georgia - - There are just not enough Asians here.
Plenty of Blacks and plenty of Whites, but Asians? Nope.
I'm a rarity, I tell ya.

However, over the weekend, I found a whole herd of them.
And where would that be? Why, the nail salon, of course!
I mean, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised with that fact.
But what did surprise me was when I was standing by the wall of nail polishes, trying to decide which one I wanted and this fellow caucasian customer came up to me, The ASIAN, and asked if WE, as in me and the other Asians that worked at the nail salon, sold any nail polishes.

So I stared at her for a few seconds, trying to register why she was asking me that, because I had no idea if they sold nail polishes or not. And then remembered, oh yes, I'm Asian.
She must think I work here.

So then I was like:

And I said: "Ma'am, I was born in San Diego, California and I speak with perfect English! Just because I am HALF Korean does not mean I must be an employee here! You should just leave right now!"

I'm kidding, I'm kidding!!

What I really said was, "Oh, I'm sorry, I don't work here."

Then she got all flustered and embarrassed and said the following,

"Oh! Um... I'm sorry... I just... I saw your beautiful hair and thought you did!" 
As she quickly scurried off.

My hair?? You saw my HAIR? I'm pretty sure you saw my Asian face because I'm pretty sure I hadn't washed my hair for several days so there was nothing beautiful about it.
But nice cover up, lady. Not.


Point is: There are clearly not enough Asians here in Georgia if the random one you do see makes you automatically think they're from the nail salon.

Aaannnddd that's my thought-provoking rant for the day.

Oh, and speaking of other Asian stereotypes: I drove for the first time in 6 months the other day (granted it was only 2 minutes to the grocery store), and I did not crash!
Was I gripping the steering wheel extremely hard the whole time? Yes.
Was I constantly having to remind myself to drive on the right-hand side? Yes.
Have I driven since? No.

And that, my friends, concludes my oh-so interesting post for this Tuesday.
I am now off to Chuck-E-Cheese. Because that's what people in Georgia do for fun.
I kid again. We are taking my 3 year old nephew there for the day.
But don't be surprised when you see me playing all the games, eating all the pizza, and playing in the jungle gym thing. I mean, whose idea do you think it was to go in the first place?!

Happy Tuesday to ya!


P.S. Thank you all for your kind words from yesterday's post. It brightened my day significantly. And it really helped us feel like we weren't the only ones who have ever felt this way and that this transition, accompanied by all of these emotions, is completely normal. You truly are the best! :)

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  1. haha. Sorry you went through that! But you feel like that, you probably should move to the SF Bay Area. There is lots of Asian people around here!!

  2. Ha...oh dear. Gotta love those awkward caucasian/asian moments...try going to the middle of nowhere in MN. You will find only a handful of Asians...trust me.

    Damn nail salons! ;)

  3. I'm Asian and I live in Georgia! And I've never been in a nail salon either :)

  4. Bahahaha! She saw your hair and thought..oh yes, she must work here. Side eye, people are crazy.

  5. This post right here is the reason I come back to read your blog daily! Your hilarious! And you had me going with what you "told" the lady! Hahaha you shoul have!

  6. Nice hair... nice save lady.

  7. Oh god... I hate those stories!! My brother-in-law is a big Mexican guy and one time we all went out to a bar and he was holding the door for my sister and I to go in and someone came up to him and showed her ID to him because she thought he had to be the bouncer, not someone who would actually go to the bar... So annoying!!

    1. I had a friend who was big and "Mexican" (well, he looked it...but he wasn't). He had people just start talking to him in Spanish all the time, and he's just like "I have no idea what you're saying, sorry."

  8. When we were stationed in Virginia and north of Florida (near Alabama), I stuck out like a sore thumb. While we have driven cross country (one too too many times)... I'm usually the one who go get snacks and people just STARE at me. Either they think I'm going to steal something or their in awe.. "look it's an Asian. What a magical creature."

  9. oh jeez. i call myself the "secret asian" since people can't always tell, so i tend to get more of the "so uh where are you from?" comments. but my friend today just told me an amazing story - he is chinese american and was at a buffet and a white guy was yelling out instructions to him about how to make a salad and that the butter was for the bread. then the guy realized his mistake and said "um i was talking to the lady behind you." yeah. that save is about as good as the lady in your story. people are fun, huh? haha.
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  10. Awkward! My friends are always asking if I want rice with my meals. The sad this is...yes...yes I do.

  11. Hahahaha! "pretty sure you saw my Asian face"....best line ever!

  12. I'm jealous of the fact that you managed to avoid driving for 6 months. I mean, I should have guessed that you hadn't driven in a while but it hadn't occurred to me. I hate driving and always make my bf drive both of us. I'd rather be checking twitter while he drives thankyouverymuch.

  13. You just made me LOL! I live in Georgia! Where are you? And, as a Hispanic, I can kinda relate especially when I'm at Home Depot. I KID I KID! Haha! Loved this post!

  14. Wow, I'm sorry you had to go through that! I'm from Vancouver, Canada so Asians is pretty much everywhere (if anything, I think we lack a lot of Black's - they're usually out East). However whenever I do visit the States (Seattle and Vegas), I've noticed that there's not many Asians compared to Vancouver.. and the ones that I've encountered spoke no English whatsoever.

    But, I'm Asian and I don't even like nail salons, haha.

  15. bahahahah! Oh I love you!

  16. zomg hahahaha... now i gotta warn my fellow asian friend that is moving to GA. Hahaha...

  17. Bahah! That's hilarious. That poor woman must have been so embarrassed.... I guess that's where assuming gets you ;) I like your first response better though!
    It's the opposite over here, I'm the only non-asian, so I've been through similar situations on a daily basis. Like when people talk about me really loudly right beside me because they assume I can't speak Chinese... Boy are they surprised when I reply to them :) hehe

  18. But you do have beautiful hair :).

  19. You always crack me up. I would have gone with the thoughts in your head. I was wearing a BLUE shirt once and I was in Target. Holding a blanket I was considering buying. This random woman came up to me, she wasn't even in my aisle, and asked if I knew where xyz was. I said " What? Yeah, I don't work here." Her response? "Oh well you were carrying that and puttign it back, I thought you did" I'm sorry, what? I was in a BLUE shirt!!!



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