Thursday, January 20, 2005

216 digression... back to that 225 topic of identity

People will identify you according according to terms that serve their purpose.

When they want to encourage me to learn more Mandarin they call me a Chinese. (btw, mandarin is cool, economically viable etcetc)

When the malaysian traffic police see my car they call me Singaporean.

When the malaysian drinks stall encik gave me a "teh cina" I was Chinese

When I talk with the old man downstairs my house I am Cantonese.

When they want me to serve NS they call me a Singaporean.

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