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.