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Quickly, you realize that there’s no such thing as “casual” dating.
Instead you have a population of young kids weened on the “Don’t forget where you came from” rhetoric of their melting pot-averse immigrant parents.
” My mother smiles and nods in confirmation as I reach my hand out to introduce myself.
She accepts my hand and proceeds to inquire further about who I am—basic questions on how old I am, whether I was still in school, did I speak Tigrinia (our native tongue)—and with the occasional observation on aesthetics (“Such a nice smile”).
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But it isn’t the prospect of being fiercely prospected by the opposite sex in my community that has me frazzled.It is the presence of a new participant in this nationalistic romance roulette that has me redirecting my side-eye stare. With the discovery that the legitimacy of an “arranged marriage” is not a pill that their Americanized offspring are willing to easily swallow, these new Eritrean moms-in-law-to-be have opted for a different, not-so-subtle approach to ensuring an ethnically homogeneous legacy. The scene: An uncharacteristically sunny Sunday in Seattle, at church with a predominantly Eritrean congregation.I sit with my mother waiting for service to start when a “church friend” of hers turns around to ask, “Is this your daughter?Now, this would be totally fine if (a) she was actually asking me these questions, but she wasn’t—she was asking my mother from whom I sat inches away; (b) dropping unsolicited information about her son, who, to my relief, wasn’t there; and (c) the whole thing didn’t begin to have an unsettling, used car dealership vibe to it. It’ kind of like the questions you’d ask if you were looking to buy a, say, 2002 Honda Civic: “How many miles she got on her? ” The whole exchange ended short of the overly inquisitive woman asking to look under my hood—(for the record, I draw the line at being taken for a test drive).I guess now would be a good time to say: Gee, I’m proud to be an Eritrean.
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