27 Apr '16, 1pm

In Small Rooms with Betawi Women – Popagandhi https://t.co/lWVFC8gxIf

In Small Rooms with Betawi Women – Popagandhi https://t.co/lWVFC8gxIf

Not for the first time, I found myself in a tiny room on a hot day, the youngest among old women. Each with a different thing to say to me, also the only person not from around these parts. “You’re so old now! And unmarried!” “Your hair is too white! Eat more soy beans!” One woman rubbed my tattoos, making a screechy sound with her teeth, before announcing to all the other old women around her: “these are real.” No judgement, no scorn – I was local enough to be in a place like that, but not local enough to be judged. “Can you bring me some white chocolate next time you come, girl? I had them once and only in your country (Singapore). I’ve never had them since.” She rubbed my back some more. At places like these old women collectively talk, soothe each other’s tired or injured muscles, and together not give a damn about anything outside of those doors. At least for an hour....

Full article: http://popagandhi.com/2016/04/in-small-rooms-with-old-women/

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