Oh, if you look at the picture, you’ll see what I mean when I wrote in my last blog that I’m tall here. I look angry, but I’m not. I’m just concentrating on my friend, she speaks fast, LOL.
Photoshoots are part of every day life here in China, especially if you’re a foreigner. People take your picture without asking, but Chinese pose for pictures all the day the whole day. I bet they take more selfies than Kim K. Being a Black woman in China has its ups and downs. The downside is that some Chinese prefer pale skin over dark skin. Most Chinese want to learn English, so they prefer to hire foreigners instead of Chinese. They have more faith in a foreigner’s ability to teach them the correct English pronunciation.
You won’t believe how many “Teaching Jobs in China” ads I’ve read on What’s On Xiamen (WOX) with people requesting their teachers have a “European appearance.” In China, that is PC for, “white with blonde hair and blue or green eyes.”
I have been the victim of many photoshoots in China. Here’s a summary of my first three months in China: “Click! Click! Shutter! Shutter!” I posed for pictures, if asked. Sometimes they followed me around, filming me without my permission. It bothered me to the core, but now I’ve learned how to deal with it.
My friend Felix and I went to my favorite coffee shop to study. It was two to three weeks before our 期末考试 (final exams). I was bored of studying at the college library, I needed a change of scenery.
I was at the coffee shop for more than an hour, when two young women walked in. One of them carried a camera. The photographer sat in front me, all my senses were on alert. I wasn’t in the mood to model or for my picture to be taken without my permission. But, we made eye-contact a couple of times, and she had really kind eyes. I couldn’t help but smile at her. We exchanged a few words, then I gave her my permission to take my pictures, as long as she sent them to me. The pictures in this post were taken after I had agreed to it. I wasn’t even aware when she took them, she’s so good!
It was one of the best photoshoots I’ve ever had here in China!
I didn’t think she’d keep her word, but she did. Unfortunately, I don’t remember her name. I saved her as “Photographer Girl,” LOL! She and I have become friends. When we talk to each other on WeChat, I call her 美女 (pretty woman), which is the proper way to address a young woman whose name you don’t know. It’s also flattering, because she thinks I think she’s pretty. She is pretty, so the “name” fits. We’ll have another photoshoot soon! I will need to learn her real name, can’t call her “Photographer Girl” to her face.