Daily prompt: What question do you hate to be asked? Why?
My absolute least favourite question is , “Why are you so red?”
I have always had a slightly red complexion, which gets elevated when my emotions change even just a little bit. Whether I’m excited, happy, stressed, nervous or telling a funny story, my face glows like Rudolph’s nose. And it’s not just my face, I can blush all the way from my scalp to my toes. Even if it’s just a hot day or a warm room, I flame up. I used to think it was a teenage phase I would pass through, and it never bothered me that much until I came to Korea and people started commenting on it and made a really big deal out of it. It makes me feel very self conscious and uncomfortable, and when someone asks me about it, it actually gets worse.
“Why are you so red?” Whoosh…instant redness. It’s inescapable.
The things is, in Korean culture it’s not considered rude to comment on someone’s personal appearance, so when I say that it makes me feel uncomfortable, they don’t really understand and think I’m just being uppity. Which makes me go red.