Today while in the market I overhead a boy say something about my being Chinese (all in the local Bantu language, except “chinesa”). So I took the opportunity to educate him on how my mom is actually from Thailand and how not all Asian people are Chinese because there are a lot of countries in Asia other than China. He certainly will never talk about me within earshot again, if only to avoid another lecture.
I bought pineapples from an older woman who was able to tell me in Portuguese how much the pineapples cost. But once I started asking questions about the pineapples it became clear that she doesn’t speak any Portuguese, only xichopi, so a boy had to come over and translate between us.