I must thank my wife, Karen, for contributing to this blog as she was actually the first one to recognize the national pride of the Chinese.
In America it seems more common to see foreigners posing for pictures at our national landmarks. In China, the local citizens gleamed with pride as they photographed each other on the Bund posing in front of the unbelievable skyline of the Shanghai financial district. It was almost as if they were cheering “we have arrived and are equal”.
Ok, now the freak part. While standing on the Bund, the father of a five year old boy put his son in my hands so he could take a picture with my wife and me. Imagine for a moment being taller, blonder, fatter, and balder than anyone around for miles (my wife was only in the blonder and taller category). Then out of nowhere a complete stranger puts his son in your arms, breaks out a camera, and the people within eye sight all start laughing. I felt like one of the freaks at the original Coney Island. I ended up putting the boy high above my head creating the biggest scene I could……and it worked. I guess being a freak is just a matter of perspective.
(Part 2 of 4)