“Why don’t you show them something Japanese?” the teacher suggested.
Each week at the private school, a parent comes into class to talk about what they do. There is a wide variety of professions to expose the kids to. There is the dad who is a musician. One mom taught the kids some yoga. Then there is my friend: a businesswoman who happens to be Japanese.
The school is predominantly white, well-to-do, and teaches an alternative pedagogy to the public school where my kids go (mixed race mingling with a blend of ethnic and economic heritages all lumped together). My friend is probably the only Asian in that school of privilege. She stands out. When it comes to her turn to talk to the children about what she does, she is stripped of her years of experience and skills and reduced to what she is.
“Why don’t you show them something Japanese?”
Upon hearing this I snarked, “You should tell the teacher you are gonna teach the kids how to make maple syrup! Or, teach them the rules of hockey! Show them white people what for!”
The most perfect thing I have ever seen just happened on the replacement train bus service between Newport and Cwmbran:
White man sat in front of a mother and her son. Mother was wearing a niqab. After about 5 minutes of the mother talking to her son in another language the man, for whatever reason, feels the need to tell the woman “When you’re in the UK you should really be speaking English.”
At which point, an old woman in front of him turns around and says, “She’s in Wales. And she’s speaking Welsh.”
Apocryphal maybe, but perfect nonetheless. It’s got all the elements of a great story: some ignorant rube makes an ass of himself in public and gets his comeuppance.
Like two of the shows you can listen to with this app – “Let’s Make Mistakes” and now “The Talk Show” – it is essentially a re-skinned version of the 5by5 app previously produced by developer Black Pixel for 5by5 before the project was shelved. The app payload even includes a 5by5 Broadcasting logo, for crying out loud.
…that greedy bastard.
(Picture seen at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas.)
Prep#2: When should we throw out this carrot salad?
Prep#1: There isn’t really any sort of expiry date. Just toss it when it begins to smell bad.
Me (to wife): Exactly when do carrots marinated in vinegar “begin” to smell bad?