Saturday, October 18, 2014 11: 50 PM
Tonight, 羽莎 [Yu(3) sha(1)] , my roommate, says to me, “I have another American friend! He always says “it’s all good in the hood, yo!” *she added hand movements, pointing in the air in a way that I’ve noticed common to Chinese people when they imitate rappers***
My eyebrow hit the skies in shock. She came out of nowhere with this!
Then…she symbolized someone giving someone else “dap” (a handshake). She said that when he would see her, he’d give her dap.
I just stared and nodded slowly. 我明白你。。。 [“I understand you…”]
Then….she threw up some gang signs.
My jaw dropped…and then I started laughing in disbelief!
I said, 真的吗！？ [“Really?!”] to give my mind time to recover from the shock!
…and to figure out how I was going to respond to that.
She was grinning and laughing at my laughter and my repeated “真的吗?”s.
I finally recovered – a bit- and said, “你的朋友是美国人马？” [“Is your friend American?”] …even though…I really wanted to ask if this guy was black, but I was not about to confirm stereotypes by assuming he was black – at least NOT to her face. O_O I decided to just ask questions and wait for her to say it.
Nothing could prepare me for what came next.
他是美国人。他是白人 可是。。。”He is American. He is white, but…”
My eyebrows hit the skies again….and I bit back a 什么？！？[”WHAT!?”] response, thinking “he’s white?”
Then I heard the rest…
。。。可是他告诉我他的心是黑人“ [“…but he told me in his heart he is black.”] *she says with the BIGGEST grin on her face and laughing*
I stood there blinking stupidly…. And then I laughed! Unnaturally loud…partly because this was HILARIOUS, partly because I was in shock, partly because she was genuinely amused, partly because I couldn’t believe I never figured out how to say “What the hell!?” all this time I’ve been in and out of China.
…but the shock didn’t end there…I asked her…. 你说他是白人马？ 。。。。为什么他告诉你他的心是黑人？ [“You said he’s white?….why did he tell you that his heart is black?”]
(We watched The Wire. I didn’t know…. * she threw up the gang signs and pointed around to symbolized rap music* saying “It’s all good in the hood!” but we watched it together, then he told me the meaning of the show)
I blinked…Goodness! I wish someone had taken photos of my expressions.
I kept thinking “What the hell!?” in my mind but I felt like it was a GOOD thing that I didn’t know how to say that in Chinese.
I wasn’t angry though…I was just…shocked and amused ALL at the same time! Goodness!!! I could NOT stop laughing… haha. That maniacal laughter when you don’t know what else to do BUT laugh.
I explained to her that not all black people speak that way…and that I would love to meet her friend. In my head I was thinking… “Yes, I would sure love to meet this guy indeed…” Hahaha!!! I was AMUSED at the idea of an introduction…and I could tell him in Chinese that I’ve heard SO much about him…and if I could borrow his seasons of The Wire. HAH!!!!
She said he’s already gone back to the U.S.
“Of course he has….” To be honest, I felt a bit deflated at that news! I was ready to make fun of him a bit, hahaha!!!
BUT can we talk about the REAL issue here!?
Her introduction to black people was The Wire… no…not a good way to INTRODUCE. That show was AMAZING…but not sure if someone who thinks that he is black in his heart can explain to her….wisely…what she was looking at. Yes. That’s a nice way to articulate that bit… -_- O_O!!!
I met Yulia….just last Thursday… but I can tell that we are going to get along EXTREMELY well. …ESPECIALLY after she told me that Marvel and DC are extremely popular in China and that she loves Batman.
I was like “WHAT!?” We excitedly talked about our similar interests in DeathNote and some other Japanese shows and manga. We talked about what was popular in the US and in China. We are going to see Guardians of the Galaxy in Chinese soon! We decided that we would go comic book shopping together.
Did I already say that I loved this girl?!
What I do know…is I am going to be sure she doesn’t have a certain view of black people.
I can’t stop laughing in disbelief…The WIRE!?!? He started her off with The Wire. …and the person starting her off is white, from OREGON, teaching her how to say “It’s all good in the hood, yo!”, how to throw up gang signs, and saying that he may be white on the outside but in his heart, he is black??!?
Stop the madness. Goodness!
Her curiosity is so intense though…I’m going to cleanse her of the nonsense.
*face in palm*