The Real Kind of Treasure
Las Vegas - We were frantically making our way through the Caesar Palace Mall to grab dinner at Max Brenner before our show. The mall was fairly large, making it hard to navigate on a hungry stomach. I decided to stop by the information desk for directions, where a man in his middle-to-late 50’s greeted me with a welcoming smile. “Don’t tell me…you’re Filipino!” he said, taking an educated guess. I paused, trying to gather how to respond — should I be offended? Was this a racial jab? In his defense, I had become quite tan after baking under the 100 degree Las Vegas sun… my skin was now a shade darker than commonly seen in East Asians.