I was having drinks at the local pub with a couple of colleagues after work yesterday when the conversation, for reason unknown to me, steered towards the Chinese people. At that point in time, my English colleague (a jolly fella really) gestured towards me and two others.
Let me just put this into context, our band of three consist of an Australian Chinese, a Hawaiian Chinese and myself, a Singaporean Chinese. After a moment of silence, the English colleague quickly went on to say how much he respected the Chinese culture and decided to throw in the Japanese culture for good measure. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, the English are generally a very polite and politically correct lot.
Frankly, I didn't feel the least offended. Why should I be? Just a bit amused though as I've never considered myself as a Chinese per se. I'm a Singaporean through and through. In fact, I would definitely have more in common with Singaporean Malays and Indians than the Chinese (from China).
What do you think? Does nationality takes precedence over ethnicity for you or is it the other way round? Or is it an issue at all?
I am one too, unfortunately