I have not had any encounters with fairy dust since I have been here in Quito, but I have heard horror stories. It's a powder that, upon skin contact, makes you completely compliant. You might help a thief carry your television out of your house and into the car. You might willingly open the safety deposit box in your house and hand over all your money. This is a real threat in Ecuador and a lot of Latin America, and what's scary is that if you are alone and you are exposed to this by anyone brushing past you on the street, there isn't really anything you can do about it.
I am posting about it right now because apparently incidents and attacks with scopolamine have risen recently, and it's something everyone should be aware of. It's hard not to be super paranoid all the time knowing that this dangerous drug is out there.
This drug turns you into a zombie... probably not a clown
This is an email that went out from the U.S. embassy here in Quito this week:
The issue of race and dating is a really common topic of conversation amongst my friends here, foreign and Chinese both. From what I've gather, Western girls are at the bottom of the dating totem pole in Hong Kong. It is super rare to see a couple consisting of an Asian male and a white girl, normally it's the other way around (of course there are exceptions). Why is that? I'm going to try to explore the phenomenon that is the 'white dude Asian girl' couple.
I can't count the number of times I've heard that white girls can't compete with Asian girls, because Asian girls are just better. That is such bullshit! It's just that the white guys THINK Asian girls are better. So what's with this 'white guy Asian girl' thing? Why is it even a thing? I think it ultimately comes down to two factors:
1. Racist ideas of what Asian girls are going to be like. There is a mindset that an Asian girlfriend will be more submissive, quiet, loyal, and cutesy…