Voices | OVERHEARD

Refusing to give up on a stereotype

Elderly woman: Are you a university student?

Middle-aged foreign man: No, I have a job.

Elderly woman: Do you teach at a university?

Foreign man: No, I work for a newspaper.

Elderly woman: Do you teach journalism at a university?

— Shinagawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday

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