I like to treat myself to little things, three times a year. It was about time for one, so I decided on a quiet pair of earrings - glass with flowers encased inside it. Very pretty.
As I'm drooling over them, the sales lady comes up to me, she wants to take other things out of the display cases for me. "No, try this" she says, "that is not for you, this is. Trust me, I know. I know you - that is you."
She did have a point. The pair of earrings she suggested were beautiful, and twinkled nicely in front of my dark hair. They also matched a necklace that was very me. I must buy the necklace too, it is so me.
"What are you?" she asks, "Japanese? Korean?"
"You don't look Chinese." She's seen a lot of different girls in her store, trust her, I don't look Chinese.
This is the first time I've ever heard this before.
She is persuasive, she has expertise, she knows what looks good on people - she is now ringing in my necklace, the earrings, and a little carved stone box I have no use for.
"Really, you must be a mix of something else."
"Well, my parents are from Brunei...but I'm sure that all of my grandparents came from China."
"Brunei?!" her face exploded into a smug ah-ha smile. "You see? Brunei is a Muslim country. Trust me, you're not pure Chinese, I know."
She was the most incredible saleswoman! I almost bought that too.