I decided to share some awkward race-related conversations I've had with people after reading this post from fellow blogger, High Riser.
Awkward Conversation # 1 (during a hospital visit):
Nurse (looking at me and my shaved head): "Are you a monk?"
Me: "Ummm...no, I'm catholic".
Awkward conversation # 2 (at friend's engagement party):
My friend's future father-in-law (a South African): "Look , it's not the black people's fault that they are not as intelligent as us. They just haven't had the same opportunities. I don't have an problems with black people....but I just wouldn't want my daughter to marry one" [good thing my friend is a red-head then].
Awkward conversation # 3 (in North Queensland asking farmer's permission to carry out research on their property)"
Farmer 1 (asking me): "So can you eat these fish?"
Farmer2 (answering on my behalf): "The japanese will eat anything" [thanks love but I'm not Japanese].
Awkward conversation # 4 (at the gym talking to the friend of a friend when I was still at Uni)"
Friend of a friend: "So...Are you flying back home for the semester break?"
Me: (looking perplexed)
Friend of a friend: "You're an international student right?" [WRONG]