In the ongoing saga of encountering ridiculous instances of casual racism comes this exchange:

IP: What was your name again?
Me: Yen-Rong
IP: Hm? How do you spell that?
Me: y-e-n-hyphen-r-o-n-g
IP: Oh, that’s different
Me: Yes, yes it is.
IP: Where is it from?
Me: It’s Chinese.
IP: Oh! Welcome to the country!
Me: [burning rage inside] …
IP: I have a Chinese friend…
Me: [thinking: of course you do] IP: … her name’s Viv. I can’t remember her actual name…
Me: so your report code is…

At least they didn’t ask me if I was an Australian citizen?

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