Taiwan dinosaurs and my brother is hot

About 20 people were over at our place for a little party Sunday night and they wanted a slideshow of our families. So we borrowed the school’s data projector and had a powerpoint slide or two for each family member.

When my brother’s photos came up we heard some of the ladies whispering in Chinese, “他很帥!” (“He’s very handsome!”) They had no idea we could understand that phrase. And everyone wanted to know if he was married. They also said the girls were like movie stars and dad reminded them of a famous actor but they couldn’t remember the name. And they all thought mom and dad looked so young.

We hear the “[some white person] looks like [some movie star]” a lot… I wonder if it’s because they watch so much Hollywood and to them white people all look pretty much the alike? One of my dad’s black friends in college used to joke, “All you honkies look the same!” Maybe there’s a little of that going on over here. …Can I say honky?

Anyway, we also have a family tradition on my side of including a “dinosaur picture” in every photo op. Our Taiwan friends thought that was hilarious and wanted to do one. As you can see, dinosaurs in Taiwan are apparently more cute than fierce, but everyone had fun.

Chou-chou just sulked in the corner for three hours. Wouldn’t even sit still for a picture. I don’t think she’d ever seen that many people at once before and it kind of freaked her out.

6 thoughts on “Taiwan dinosaurs and my brother is hot”

  1. From what I remember, the “you so-and-so’s all look the same” develops because people learn to recognise dinstinctions in facial features with their own local group. So people who grow up surrounded by Europeans can differentiate between subtle characteristics that would go unnoticed by someone unfamiliar with them. And that’s the story of why your dad is a movie star. On a related note, when will you tell folks over there about Fred Penner?

  2. I don’t know about introducing Fred Penner. He apparently doesn’t have the international fan base of, say, Kenny Loggins (who knew?), which is who my boss thought of when he saw my driver’s license picture. Sunday night they said the beard and long hair pictures were “sexy” but they weren’t sure what that meant. We heard, “[Blah blah blah] SEXY [blah] SEXY [blah blah] SEXY SEXY. You are ‘sexy.’ Can we say that?” I was like, “Sure!” but I knew they didn’t mean sexy like we would; they have a pretty different idea of what’s physically attractive. (Apparently dirty rugged Aragorn wasn’t near as big a hit in Taiwan as baby-face squeaky-clean Legolas, according to our friends.) They said, “Strong, tough, like Clint Eastwood.” I would have preferred Aragorn, but I’ll take what I can get. And yeah, I would assume that they see roughly the same amount of variation in facial features among their own population as we see in ours. Longer we stay here, the more variation we notice.

    Greg – no fair using words I don’t know! We already don’t know most of what we hear and see everyday! Saurian.

  3. Who is Chou Chou?
    I understand. Some of the 13-year old girls here in Mexico saw pictures of my brother in his Coast Guard uniform and went into full-fledged “crush” mode.

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