- White People making Small talk (committing many a faux pass)
Dr Grant:-So will your child understand what I’m saying?
Me: Yes but I’ll also help.
Dr: What language does he speak?
Me: Urdu fluently. English partially.
Dr: Certainly your English is very good.
Me: Well i had the privilege of growing up tri-lingual. My son unfortunately doesn’t. So i have to ensure over-exposure of the minority language lest he loses that part of his identity.
- White People trying to get an education on “Culture”:-
Random lady at Costco Entrance on my flowy Lilac Abaya:- Omg i JUST love what you’re wearing! What is it called?
Me: An Abaya or dress.
- White People trying to be “Cultural”:-
Gushingomg just love what you’re wearing (pink abaya). But please don’t gift it to me. I’ve been to Dubai, I know the culture! I know if I say i love what you’re wearing, you’ll gift it to me. That’s not what I meant.
Me: eh, wasn’t planning on it.
- White People Pretending to be “Informed” on “Culture”
Dr Julie: So you smoke? I guess not. Goes with the religion. But one must ask. One can never be too sure these days.
(& The best one so far):-
Dr Julie: Right, so dietary restrictions?
You must be halal?
Me: Em, I surely hope so. Or at least that’s what i was told.
-Perks of living in a Small Pre-dominantly White Town-