Hello faithful family! Another thought came to me this week in regards to more stuff that happened to me while I was in Asia.
Last week was the Attack On Butt and now it’s Attack On Features. Well, it’s not really an attack cause it’s all in good fun and I had a laugh out of it.
When I was working at the private school, I was given two nick names by my students: Obama teacher and chocolate teacher. Most of my kids at the time never had a real experience with black people so they went by what they saw on television and the news. Being called Obama teacher was awesome! The other nickname they had for me was “Chocolate Teacher”.
“You look like a big, giant, and delicious chocolate bar!” – 8 year old student
Sadly the nicknames stopped when I left but it was fun while it lasted…
…until I went to English Village. Instead of being given nicknames, I was often asked about my physical features or other eccentricities I have.
1. “How do you get your head so shiny?!”
2. “Shaun, you have a hip hop walk!”
3. “Are you a dancer?”
4. “We call you ‘sugar rice’ teacher because you put sugar in your rice!”
Number 1 is obviously because i’m bald. I can’t count the number of times my students in Asia and in Texas have tried to rub and/or hit my head. Koreans and Japanese loved doing it because they can’t grab the head of the Buddhist monks.
Number 2 is because of how I walk. Growing up, I was called “Duck Feet” or “Slu foot” because my toes go out hardcore; I walk like Vince McMahon..
Number 3 came from my Japanese students who were familiar with dancers. Given how pointed my feet are, I could be a dancer. Heh.
Number 4 comes from the fact that, well, I put sugar on my rice. I brought Texas with me to Asia and Asians and Africans through it was sacrilege for me to do such a thing. One tried it out and he hated it. What’s funny is when I did it at the private school around Americans, they just scoffed at me for being “weird”. The non-Americans just said “oh, he does that” and moved on. Would be nice if more Americans didn’t make a big deal out of everything.
If there’s one thing I miss about teaching is the nicknames and the compliments that came with it. I don’t know what will be in store for me once I actually start working in a new field.