Oh I love doing these Berlin Portraits! Doreen is my latest subject – amazing!!! I don’t want to say too much – I will let Doreen’s words and magic do the rest. I will add though that Doreen is one very talented lady – you must visit her over here.
Thank you Doreen,
Sometimes I find very easy questions very difficult to answer.
For example: since living in Berlin, I am often asked: “Where are you from?”
The immediate answer that comes to my mouth (and to my mind) is always, “Australia”.
But I notice I often receive squints and unconvinced awkward silences which force me to add,
“My parents are Malaysian.”
The next question that usually follows is, “then do you speak Malay?”,
to which I reply, “No, my grandparents are Chinese but I speak English with my parents.”
Then, “Can you speak Chinese? Or is it your mother tongue?”
“No. My mother tongue is English. My second language is German.”
The last sentence is then followed by confused, unconvinced staring.