Monday, May 17, 2010

A lesson in race

A while back, I was walking at Midvalley Jusco looking for home things. As I type that, I felt like I am feeling old, where before this shopping meant shoes and clothes and bags and not pots and curtains and baking stuffs.

I walked past a salesperson with a new trainee by her side and heard her said

* "Kalau kakak yang macam ni, yang pakai tudung ni, ni Melayu."  She pointed at me. And I also thought ' Kakakkkkkkkkk'.

** "Haa, tulis tu..." She motioned to the new trainee to write this important point in the notepad that the trainee is holding. 


I wondered what he would really write down in his notepad, if it would be something like 'scarf', 'not so dark skin' = Malay. 

I wondered what he would make of my husband who have slant eyes, curly hair, fair skin = Chinese? Even though he's not. 

I wonder if we are so easily defined in a few points.

I wondered too if he is Nepalese judging for his slightly dark skin, wavy hair and obvious ignorance of Malaysia race and culture. 


Malay to English translation
* If the woman looks like this and wear scarves, she is a Malay
** Haa, write it down.

5 comments:

Nolie said...

Hohoho! Kalo aku g jln2 shopping, selalu diorg greet husband aku 'Boss, mari tgk2 barang baru sampai nih...'.. Pastu pusing kat aku diorg cakap 'Siew Xe, Ni Xe She me la... bla bla bla..' Then aku akan cakap 'SY MELAYU'.. Hohoho! Slant eyes.. Sob sob... I wish i am tanner...

Serr said...

crash course in getting to know the human race. senang nye la haii

Dils said...

Nolie
Heh. My husband selalu kena camtuh gak...

Layan kan je lain kali.


Serr
Macam dalam buku sekolah pon, tunjuk 3 main race with apparent features, macam tu la aku rase bile dgr dialog tu. Hehe.

ska_ocean said...

The latest event. Kat USJ pukul 2 pagi balik dari Bday party one of our fren, ade road block. Encik2 police itu tahan kereta husband sy, pastu point the torchlight kat saya dan kata "Bang, pompuan cina yang kat sebelah ni pakai IC ke pakai passport???"... Suami sy jawab "Tu bini aku tu. Org Melayu Malaysia." Eeeeee!! GERAM tau x???

Dils said...

Huhuhu.. itu polis.. saje je nak cari duit lebih tu.

Mesti ko teringin je nak cakap "heloo.. tanyelah directly kat aku sendiri"

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