Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The Guilt of Attention
It goes without saying that in some parts of the world, particularly the developing world, being a white person still brings with it a fair share of increased attention and curiosity. So it was in Vietnam that people, in general, were way more willing to talk to me (sometimes to rip me off, but I digress) and meet up with me then, say, in America. While this is all born out of a sort of romanticized notion of white people and westerners (a bad thing), I can't deny that the increased willingness of people to hang out with me, go on a date with me, want to get to know me, etc., is incredibly appealing, compared to being a boring, ugly, nobody-cares schmuck back home.