Just because I speak fluent Manadarin, it does not mean that I am from China.
Similarly, just because I look fair AND speak fluent Mandarin, it does not mean that I am from China.
I am sure you have heard abt my story of cab uncles asking me where I am from and when said,”..Ang Mo Kio..” they went,”..No! which state from China are you from?” GAH!
Then theres that time I called to make an appt for pedicure. The lady on the phone asked if I could speak in Mandarin as her English is not good. So speak in Mandarin I did. I even gave my Chinese name’s character,”..智慧的慧, 珊瑚的珊..” just in case.
So when I turned up for my appt, again, the same question about my country of origin popped up. When I said I am not from China, the girl asked if I am from Taiwan. I told her I am from Singapore and maybe I sounded a little pissed? So she quickly went,”..Oh, I look like you’re from China/Taiwan cause you speak Mandarin so fluently! And when you came, I thought you’re from Korea! So fair!” I swear the Korea part was just made up.
So HOWWWW! Just bcos i am fair and speak fluent Mandarin, I get mistaken for being a Mainland/Taiwan girl 😦 I cant decide if its a compliment or not.