When I was a kid, I used to live in a predominantly white neighborhood—mostly Portuguese, Italians, and Polish. Having only lived in Canada for a few years, I was still getting used to the different cultures that made up my school. And as a kid, I gotta admit I became self-conscious of the exotic foods that I brought for my classmate to see. You know, I'd take out my rice and chicken adobo or, literally, what I'd normally eat at home for lunch but in a packed container. And then you got my classmates bringing their Lunchables. Like, it's cheese and crackers with processed ham, and then sometimes they put in a chocolate bar. Like, what? Though it seemed like a meal to them, it didn't for me. But vice versa, they thought I was weird, too. My biggest concerns, though, revolved around the snacks I brought. You see, there's this Filipino snack called "Sweet Corn," and it has an uncanny resemblance to Corn Pops. I brought some to school one day in a sandwich bag, and a classmate come up to me and excitedly asked, "Hey! Can I have some? I love those."
And in my head, I'm like, "Wow! My non-Filipino classmate is not only aware of this Filipino snack but enjoys consuming it like I do. Nice!"
She reaches in, takes a handful, and stuffs them in her mouth, chews for two seconds, and immediately changes her expression to disgust and regret.
Ew, ew, ew! What is this?
Ah, Sweet Corn.
I thought it was Corn Pops. Ew, it's disgusting!
And later occasions, more classmates would repeat the same mistake even after being warned.
Oh, dude, I love those!
Are you sure? I don't think it's what you think it is.
No, no. Corn Pops, right?
No, no, no, no. Sweet Corn.
Yeah, yeah. Sweet Corn Pops. Whatever. Can I have some? Uh, ew.
You didn't listen.
Honestly, they probably only found it gross because it's not what they presumed it to be. The same thing happened when I brought those "Shrimp Chips," too.
Oh, man. Can I have a French fry?
It's—they're not fries.
Don't lie. Those are totally fries.
I'm not. I'm really not.
Ew. Ew, ew!
The f**k did I just say, you little b***h?
註一：Corn Pops 是家樂氏出的一款球狀玉米脆片。
- 「相反地、反之亦然」- vice versa
Though it seemed like a meal to them, it didn't for me. But vice versa, they thought I was weird, too.