Monday, August 2, 2010

International relations

I'm a white girl with a common Vietnamese last name, which has lead to the occasional random awkward conversation. Today, I got to have one of those awkard conversations through instant messenger. We have an internal instant messaging system used throughout my large company.  It is not unusual to be contacted by people from around the world -- even people you do not know -- with work requests.  However, when this instant message started out in Vietnamese, I figured this was a case of mistaken identity.  Enjoy. 

Note: I changed the name of the other employee.  Cuz it's just not necessary.

Tai Ng: chao bac

Tai Ng: co khoe ko

Kristen N Truong: I think you are looking for someone else?

Tai Ng: ARE YOU WORKING AT MADISON PLANT

Kristen N Truong: No, I'm in Plymouth, Michigan.

Tai Ng: OH

Tai Ng: SORRY

Kristen N Truong: No problem. There are a lot of Truongs.

Tai Ng: ARE YOU VIETNAMESE

Kristen N Truong: My husband is.

Tai Ng: OH I SEE

Tai Ng: CAN YOU SPEAK VIETNAM

Kristen N Truong: No.

Tai Ng: HOW LONG DID YOU GUYS MARRIGED?

Kristen N Truong: 13 years.

Tai Ng: OH

Tai Ng: HAVE YOU BEEN IN VIETNAM BEFORE?

Kristen N Truong: No. He has not been either. Born here in the U.S.

Tai Ng: OH

Tai Ng: I SEE

Kristen N Truong: His parents left in 1975 -- the year he was born.

Tai Ng: HAVE A NICE DAY

Tai Ng: OH

Kristen N Truong: you, too.

2 comments:

Booyah's Momma said...

Funny how that works. I'm a Vietnamese girl with a German last name. Fortunately, no one's tried to strike up a conversation with me in German.

AubreyRose @ My Simple Everyday said...

Haha - that's great!

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