Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Personal Space #amwriting #flashfiction

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TJ. Paris


I hear mandarine, loud in my ear. I’m taller than many Chinese women and fatter. They pull at my blond hair and it’s hard for me to understand why people in China have little concept of personal space.

I came to China to see the history: The Buddhist temples and buildings; The Terracotta Army and other artifacts; and even the Great Wall, though it was a tiring hike which spanned a distance too great to finish walking.

I have known many wonderful people of Chinese descent; I have great friends from China. But I will never live in China nor return.

Yet, there is strange kind of beauty here; I see it in the paper lanterns, glowing at night and in the New Years fireworks. I wanted to love this country, until one too many women tried to cut-off my blond hair; they each said it was for luck.


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

25 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Personal Space #amwriting #flashfiction”

  1. It’s interesting how people from different cultures have such different sense of personal space. Until you have to deal with someone up close, and then it can be very off-putting! I have experienced the opposite too, where the other person keeps backing away from me. At first I thought they didn’t like me (or maybe I smelled!) but no, they just had more sense of personal space than me.

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  2. wow why would they want to chop off someone’s pretty blonde hair, because it’s different? :p i took the liberty to read comments, so that happened to a Chinese friend? wow, real incident. All countries have different traditions and myths and folklore… amazing but sometimes scary, no?

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    1. My Chinese friend told me that would happen. I thought she was joking around. But she told me later, it had happened with blond women who had visited China before. So perhaps, it depends where you are and the superstitions of the locals. Yes, traditions and folklore is very neat. Some of it a bit brutal. I saw a news story on the last woman who had practiced foot binding in China. Too my eyes, I thought her feet disfigured and wondered how painful that must have been but years and years ago, men (and women) thought it attractive .

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      1. wow that’s really difficult to digest.. women in many island countries and others still go through some painful procedures to look beautiful in their community which might even mean deforming their bodies. Good that you have a friend to warn about it!

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      2. Yeah, I’m not sure where they would do this? Maybe it’s different in big cities rather than big cities? But she was quite series. Thanks for reading 🙂


      3. It’s difficult to let go of some conceptions for people. Maybe we are quite adaptive since we are brought up that way, to challenge and think whats in front of us.

        Have a wonderful week Mandibelle 🙂

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