The other day I wrote about Weixin (english name Wechat) the app that lets you chat easily with people in your area. I could go on and on about weixin and how I think it has actually changed the course of my life, but for now I want to relay just one story.
I’m in Kunming now, studying chinese, and last night, after class and dinner were over I started chatting with some local Kunming people using Weixin.
I had been chatting (in Chinese) with one guy for about 20 minutes when he asked for my photo. I asked why? I told him my photo was already online (my profile picture).
Him: But your profile picture looks like a foreign devil. Send me a real picture.
Me: Foreign devil?! I AM a foreigner!
Him: You’re not Chinese? Really?
Me: I’m American.
Him: But your Chinese is so good.
Me: So you think foreigners are foreign devils?!
Him: Your chinese is really good…
Best. Insult. Ever.
(And to my knowledge this is the only time I have been called a foreign devil by a chinese person. Although technically because he didn’t know I was a foreigner I guess it doesn’t count.)