Have you seen those videos “What if Asians said the stuff White people said?” (there are also ones for Latinos and African Americans), well I had one of those moments the other day.
Except it wasn’t me saying something stupid. It was the other way around. Here’s the scoop:
Dr: “Ma…Ma…Malischke. Where is that from?”
Me: “Uh, Germany” [it kind of is, not sure]
Dr: “Yes. That name is not American.”
Me: [uh, wha?]
I didn’t think much about it again until we were talking about family health history, and I mentioned something about my Dad, and the doctor said something about my Dad in Germany, and I said:
“I’ve never been to Germany.”
Dr: “Oh? Oh.”
No, just because I’m German doesn’t mean that I’m from there. haha I had a similar experience in England once. I was talking to a drunk Scottish priest in an Irish bar on St. Patty’s day.
Me: “Are you Irish at all?”
Him: “No, I’m Scottish.”
Me: [yeah duh I knew that] “I’m not Irish”
Him: “No, you’re American.”
It’s so interesting to find out how people perceive me, and Americans in general.
For the record, there are only 9 Malischkes in the USA, and yeah, it’s an American name by now (what last name can’t be considered ‘American’?)