☯ ISSTH Chapter 829 ☯

I went down to the corner store earlier to get some beer, and as I was waiting in line, I looked up to see a blond-haired, blue-eyed woman walk in the door. Now, this is China, so this falls into the category of awkward expat moments that happen occasionally when you think to yourself, “Should I greet her? Wait, why should I? I don’t know this person, and if it was in any Western country I wouldn’t even notice her, let alone randomly say hi. What am I supposed to do, say ‘hello, fellow foreigner?’ Don’t I get annoyed when people single me out simply because I’m not Chinese? But wait, if I don’t greet her, would that be rude? Would she think I’m looking down on her?” Etc. Etc. I live in a tier-2 city, so there are a good amount of foreigners, but not tons like in Beijing or Shanghai. Ah the life of an expat.

Chapter 829. Translator: Deathblade. Translation Checker: anonpuffs. Chinese Grammar Consultant: Madam Deathblade. Proofreaders: Courtrecords, GNE, and Lingson. Meme Archives: joeljbright. Memes: Shu. Master of Cuteness: Baby Deathblade.

This is the 12th chapter of the week!

29 thoughts on “☯ ISSTH Chapter 829 ☯” - NO SPOILERS

    1. I got wrapped up in paying for my beer with my iPhone and forgot she was behind me. Then walked out of the store and found that her blonde-haired, blue-eyed significant other was standing outside, leading to another similar conundrum.

      1. Should I great her? But I didn’t greet her before so why the second time? But I don’t even know her so why should I?

        And the them Madam DB walked by and say DB staring at another woman. And here ends the story of the great Patriarch Deathblade. It is said he was a man that had traveled far along the path of the Dao of Translations. Alas, what he though was the time it takes a spark to fly up from a piece of flint, was actually half the time it takes for a stick of incense to burn.

  1. In the end, the blond-haired, blue-eyed foreigner woman greeted our Patriarch DB…DB’s eyes flickered but his expression remains calm and smiled courteously. The exchange seems long but it only took half a breath’s time and DB is out of the store in an instant holding his beer…

  2. Got a similar feeling in the past, so here is my 2 cents…

    Watch how she is doing, if she seems lost, say hello and tell her that you are fluent and can help.
    If she is okay and if she notices you, as many said, the nod and smile is great.
    If you are homesick (or simply as curious as us!), just go for it… it is nice to make new expat friends (and she would probably have been more surprised than you since an expat translator quiting his regular job is not usual!)…
    Otherwise, feel free to pass your way and just do your regular things as usual.

  3. Is the thing with foreigners such a big deal? Sounds quite weird to me to greet people I don’t know just because they’re also foreigners(in the case I was a foreigner)…

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