This is part 3 of a conversation I had with L, a 25-year old woman working at a massage parlour. Click here for part 1 (“How come you married so young?”) and here for part 2 (“Did you come here with your family?”).
L looks closely at my eyes, and asks:
“Do people in Austria have their eyes made bigger? Or do they like to use Botox and have plastic surgery? There are a lot of people in China who do that.”
I: “I’m not sure. I don’t think there are many people who have plastic surgeries in Austria. At least not of the people I know. Our eyes are big already, so we don’t usually need to make them bigger.”
She: “People in China often have eye surgeries. Some people want bigger eyes, others want to have a double eyelid instead of a single one. But Europeans usually have a double eyelid, so you wouldn’t need surgery.”
She then points at my nose and says:
“You have a really big nose. It’s pretty. Many people in China will have a surgery just in order to make their noses bigger.”
I: “When I was younger, I always thought that my nose was too big. I didn’t like it too much.”
She: “So you came to China because everyone likes your nose here?”
Have you ever had a similar conversation? I’d love to hear your stories.