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This zesty neighborhood is an example of the collaboration between China and Italy. All tourists spending some days in Milan come here. It is just newer," says Lina Jin, the owner of Party Wan, a shop selling objects for parties.Right between the two most acclaimed real estate redevelopments in Milan, Vertical Forest and City Life, stands a string of tiny shops where Italians go for street food, coffee and ice cream. "Don't underestimate Milan," she stresses to DW in her strong Milanese accent, when faced with puzzlement.“I’m actually dating an Asian boy, he’s Korean,”she said out of the blue.“I’m kind of known around here for having yellow fever.” Did she want praise? What kind of person starts off a conversation like that? I don’t get it; mixed babies are so much cuter,” she said looking slightly disgusted.
It was a horribly rainy afternoon in Cardiff and I rushed into a taxi to avoid the wet Welsh weather. ” For the rest of the journey, we sat in awkward silence.According to data provided to DW by the local municipality 3,012 of Milan's 39,242 fixed trade-focused business are owned by residents born in China.The figure, which doesn't include second-generation Chinese, means that more than 13% of retail companies in the city are owned by the Chinese community.With that said, it’s important to understand that dating an Asian person does not automatically give you a free pass to make insensitive comments or grant you the authority to speak on issues facing minority ethnic communities.Questions and comments that were previously considered to be ignorant are still off limits, regardless of who you date.
I didn’t respond, hoping she would get the hint (she didn’t). I started to wonder why I kept running into people like these. After years of exploring topics of discrimination and the experiences of Asians living in the west, I’ve come to realize that regardless of where I was or how I presented myself, I’d inevitably encounter people who hold racist biases against Asians while disguising themselves as allies.