I take the taxi every day and I visit the market or supermarket every other day.
9 times out of 10, I’m SURE to be asked,
“Ni shi Han Guo ren?” (Are you a Korean?)
The only Korean actress I know is Song Hye Kyo, the famous actress in the only Korean TV drama I watch i.e. “Autumn in my Heart (K-DRAMA)” and “Hotel”.
Then, I look at myself in the mirror.
Okay…I may have large eyes (at least larger than the average Chinese), a pointy chin, longish hair and a big smile. If I tried really hard, I could be “cute” – as best as a 30+ year old MOTHER can muster!
BUT I have really tanned skin (even darker now under the hot, summer sun), a “healthy” 56 kg body and the quick, long strides of an impatient MOTHER.
There is NO CHANCE in hell I could stand in for Song Hye Kyo!
Yet, I get comments like these from taxi drivers, fish mongers, and military men:
“All you Koreans are very pretty…” (a WOMAN said that to me once)
“We love the way you Koreans speak Chinese. Sounds so cute!” (Especially after incredibly embarrassing moments when I fumble my way through Mandarin)
“You Korean girls are definitely more gentle (wan rou or wen ruan?) than our Chinese girls…”
One of my all-time favourites is:
“Can you teach me how to make Korean kim chi (pao cai)?” 😛
I LOVE Korean food and one of my favorite home chefs is Maangchi whose home-style recipes are one of the BEST!
You need to try out her kim-chi recipe in her recipe books:
Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook