I am the only Caucasian in the elevator, in the restaurant, on the street. I like it. It puts me in my place. It reminds me that English is a national language not an international one. Many people in Macau speak English. But plenty of others speak only Portuguese and/or Chinese. I am forced to attempt to interpret signs and evaluate context. I am forced to feel for the Asian tourist in the US holding up the line at McDonaldâ€™s trying to order lunch while the people behind her mutter beneath their breath, â€œHurry it up, lady. Donâ€™t you know how to order lunch?â€ I am humbled here. And itâ€™s a good thing. Makes me wonder how the world would work if everyone took the time to hop on a plane and see the world. Broader horizons, broader minds.Â
Jenny Block is the author of â€œOpen: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriageâ€ (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called â€œSex Talk with Jenny Blockâ€ (quickdfw.com). Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including huffingtonpost.com, yourtango.com, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, literarymama.com, Spirit, chow.com, and ellegirl.com.