?

Log in

antipinkerton

Intro Post

« previous entry | next entry »
Jun. 11th, 2008 | 09:23 pm
posted by: gaudysalamander in antipinkerton

Name: Hari mirchi, or B
Gender: F
Age: 26
Ethnicity: Pakistani-American
Location: greater DC area
Occupation: Engineer
How did you find us?: dot_race_snark

Any pinkerton moments/experiences you'd like to share?:
Oh God, I lived in Japan for a year, working for a company where 1/4 of the employees were male gaijin engineers.  The stories I could tell!

Hands down best story though happened to me, shockingly, since fat English-speaking women aren't very much in demand in Japan.  I'm not sure if it really counts as a true Pinkerton moment, since I'm South Asian, not East Asian, but the racial fetishization and eroticization was there.

Summer of 2003, I'm hanging with my date at the only bar in Nara that has an English menu. Boorish English dude rolls up on us and starts in with "Wow, you don't look like you're from around here." He proceeds to tell me I look so much more exotic than the Japanese girls (well, no shit sherlock, if you're surrounded by sixty million of them, you eventually get used to OMG *gasp* seeing women who aren't white) or the American/English/Australian English teachers, and this was the first and only time in my life I've righteously  claimed my American citizenship, because dude, American women come in colors other than white. He asks if I'm Greek. Or Italian, since I have such lovely brown eyes. Or Mexican, since my skin is more bronze-y than olive.  Or, well, you get the picture. And the whole time, he acted as though he thought he was giving me compliments and I should be flattered.  

Eventually my date gets annoyed and tells him I'm Pakistani. "You mean, Indian, right love?"  No thanks to the British, that.  He asks if I bellydance, if I wear those "gorgeous exotic silks" blah blah.  Eventually he realizes that I am not down with his game and he goes on to tell me that I should be thanking him because his people "civilized" my people, gave us the civil service, trains, education, literacy (!  Mahabharata anyone?), and best of all, dentistry(!?).  Throughout the whole thing, he's made some choice comments about how I must have a taste for ethnic experimentation, since my date was a Black American, and asked if I'd ever bedded a white man before(!!). It all ended with me throwing my drink in his face and slapping him, hard.

But it gets better! A year later I had graduated college, and was back in Japan. And I found myself back in the same bar, with the same guy (as friends, not dating, this time).  And the same boorish English asshole rolls up on us, and starts in with the exact same line he used last time "Wow, you look so exotic. Let me guess where you're from."  At which point my friend and I just start cracking up and left.

Link | Leave a comment | Share


Comments {15}

Erika <3

From: apis_cerana
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Link

Wtf, you slapped him?!?!?! That is too awesome, bb xD
What a fuckwit that guy was. Dentistry?! LOL

Reply | Thread


Krys or angel or mistress...depends on your luck

From: angelsscream
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Link

**dies laughing** damn, what an idiot. And hi! And....dentristry?!

Edited at 2008-06-12 01:55 am (UTC)

Reply | Thread


Gaudy Salamander

From: gaudysalamander
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
Link

I know! Are the British, like, known for the excellent quality of their teeth?

Reply | Parent | Thread


shoop

From: mcfnord
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Link

awesome story!

i'm glad i'm not as dumb as that guy.

Reply | Thread


Gaudy Salamander

From: gaudysalamander
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Link

I've met very few people who are. It was epic stupid.

Reply | Parent | Thread


perverted like me

From: crotch_r0t
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Link

no fucking way.

Reply | Thread


Gaudy Salamander

From: gaudysalamander
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Link

I didn't believe it either, but he really didn't remember me.

I have to wonder how many women have slapped him for it to have not registered.

Reply | Parent | Thread


Holly Pop

From: saturated_style
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Link

hahaha wow... you would think he would have remembered you as the girl who slapped him. But I guess he literally couldn't see past skin color to even remember you well enough even as a person he's seen before, what a jerk!

Reply | Thread


By any other name, is still unstained

From: 7owti5
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Link

O.M.G.

Reply | Thread


eso

From: curare
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
Link

wow! that's one of the best i've heard yet!

Reply | Thread


I goddam better be the only bee in your bonnet!

From: ikichi
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Link

O_O

I would have beaten the living shit out of him. At least you slapped him.

Reply | Thread


ABrandNewHope

From: abrandnewhope
Date: Jun. 12th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Link

A++ story.

Reply | Thread


Not Your Token Brown Friend

From: fire_fly
Date: Jun. 14th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
Link

It all ended with me throwing my drink in his face and slapping him, hard.

A job well done.

Reply | Thread


Godlike

From: cowardlykitten
Date: Jun. 16th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Link

You win this community. That was both the worst (case of pinkertonism) and best (your reaction) personal experience i've read yet.

Reply | Thread


Demondoll2001

From: demondoll2001
Date: Jul. 6th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Link

LOL!!!

British guys are well known for that kind of thing, you know!

I had a pinkerton experience with a Brit guy right here in the good ol' USA....which was funny as hell.

Yeah, they often do say bullshit like that. I'm glad you slapped him. I would have done more.

Reply | Thread