Day: May 24, 2010

an incompetent anthropologist

An abridged transcript from my trip home on the tram last week:

Burmese Guy: You are Australian?

Me: Yeah…

Burmese Guy: I am not. I am foreign.

Me: That’s…good?

Burmese Guy: Can you explain for me Australian culture?

Me: Ummm… I don’t know. It’s what you see all around you. I’m not sure I can sum it up in a couple of sentences.

Burmese Guy: What about you? What do you do?

Me: I’m a student.

Burmese Guy: What do you study? What speciality?

Me: Anthropology.

Burmese Guy: And what is that? Anthropology?

Me: Ummm… the study of … culture.

I console myself with the fact I’ve only been ‘doing’ anthropology for a month!