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Old 03-01-2016, 12:01 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Meh, I'm an Asian and I still get stared at in the US, some by adults, some by kids.

As recently as last year when I was in Pensacola, FL: I was standing on calf deep water on Pensacola beach admiring two wild sting rays that swam close to the shore. A couple of kids (10-12 years old maybe?) were standing next to me and were staring at me for quite sometime, so I started chatting with them about the sting rays. They gaped at me when I opened my mouth and one of them blurted out: "Oh, how come you can speak English?". Bwahahaha...!!
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Old 03-01-2016, 12:55 PM
 
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In China I am sometimes asked for a photo. Not to TAKE a photo, but to BE IN a photo with a Chinese person. I oblige. I have also sometimes been asked for a better view of blue eyes.

Now if I had blonde or red hair I am sure it would be much more frequent.
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Old 03-01-2016, 03:58 PM
 
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In China I am sometimes asked for a photo. Not to TAKE a photo, but to BE IN a photo with a Chinese person. I oblige. I have also sometimes been asked for a better view of blue eyes.

Now if I had blonde or red hair I am sure it would be much more frequent.
My husband had the same experience in India recently :-)
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Bran's tree
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That happened to me there too, especially being a woman in my 20s travelling alone there. I stayed with a host family there who wouldn't let me out of their sight (too dangerous, they said), but even with them, it was obvious I wasn't actually related to them. They were short, dark-skinned Indians, and I'm 1.77m with strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes.
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:01 PM
 
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In China I am sometimes asked for a photo. Not to TAKE a photo, but to BE IN a photo with a Chinese person. I oblige. I have also sometimes been asked for a better view of blue eyes.

Now if I had blonde or red hair I am sure it would be much more frequent.
My mother is a Ginger and when she went to India, everywhere she went they asked to get a picture taken with her.
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Old 03-01-2016, 05:35 PM
 
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Meh, I'm an Asian and I still get stared at in the US, some by adults, some by kids.

As recently as last year when I was in Pensacola, FL: I was standing on calf deep water on Pensacola beach admiring two wild sting rays that swam close to the shore. A couple of kids (10-12 years old maybe?) were standing next to me and were staring at me for quite sometime, so I started chatting with them about the sting rays. They gaped at me when I opened my mouth and one of them blurted out: "Oh, how come you can speak English?". Bwahahaha...!!


best thing I've read in a long time!!! I literally laughed right out loud!!!
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Old 03-01-2016, 06:01 PM
 
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I have been to many places where I was the only American White Person for miles and no one paid me any mind at all. It's cultural in India that staring is not considered rude.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4D9n00_hq8


Yeah, well, that was kinda creepy actually. Crossing India off my list.


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Old 03-01-2016, 09:23 PM
 
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OP,

If you transported several Southern Indians to many small towns in the US, don't you think that they would encounter the same?
Rural Americans would probably just take them for blacks with straight hair.
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:40 PM
 
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If you transported several Southern Indians to many small towns in the US, don't you think that they would encounter the same?
No. At least not to to the extent the OP experienced.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Meh, I'm an Asian and I still get stared at in the US, some by adults, some by kids.

As recently as last year when I was in Pensacola, FL: I was standing on calf deep water on Pensacola beach admiring two wild sting rays that swam close to the shore. A couple of kids (10-12 years old maybe?) were standing next to me and were staring at me for quite sometime, so I started chatting with them about the sting rays. They gaped at me when I opened my mouth and one of them blurted out: "Oh, how come you can speak English?". Bwahahaha...!!
It's the redneck Riviera ! Are you sure they weren't Trump supporters seeking to deport you?



By the way Indians are some of the most sweetest people on Earth.
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