I am currently writing a eulogy for a woman (an Australian) who has died - in her eighties. She never married. When, in her early 20s, this woman (then not much more than a girl) had a very brief shipboard romance with a young Chinese man. Her mother (also on board the ship) was horrified and warned the young Chinese man off...(so to speak).
I have been wondering how shocked people would be nowadays if a young Australian woman fell in love with a young Chinese man. Not at all shocked, I would imagine. Am I right?
Sure, I know that many people are criticising us for being racist.....but this story of a young woman in the 1950s being warned off having a romance with an Asian man demonstrates that, all those years ago, we were much more intolerant of other races. Is that what it shows? (If anything).
Would this lady have remained unmarried if her shipboard meeting was in another era? I wonder.
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