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Advice for an American from Los Angeles moving to Bialystok

Rio911 2 | 3
26 Jun 2017 #1
Hey my name is Rio im a fashion designer here in Los Angeles.I work with high end clients and Im moving to Bialystok in August to live with my girlfriend.I need some advice guys.Im mixed race of white and asian and i want to know what i should look out for.Is this safe for me to live there?I plan on working in Warsaw but i would love to get to know where she grew up and spend time with her family which lives in Bialystok.Im currently learning the language.Can anyone help me or share their experiences,what to watch out for.and what its like working in the fashion world/entertainment in Poland.Thank you very much
27 Jun 2017 #2
From LA to Białystok..? That's going to be quite a shock for you ;) unless you don't mind a country living. In Warsaw you may feel more like at home (except for the weather). It should be safe there as long as you are yourself and don't buy into the race-color drama.
OP Rio911 2 | 3
27 Jun 2017 #3
Thanks Nathans!Im totally cool with country living now that im a little older haha but I also know im gonna stick out there like a sore thumb..Im a blonde half asian skateboarder that works in the fashion industry and I understands its a pretty small town.I grew up with tons of Polish people my whole childhood in Chicago and we are still practically family to this day.Are you saying my race would be an issue amongst the Poles there?
27 Jun 2017 #4
One thing you need to understand - 'race issue' is something being pushed by the fake news around the world to keep the socialism movement going. It is NOT a real issue in Poland or anywhere else. Having traveled to some countries, I've personally seen the blackest-skin people in.. Poland (those were students from Africa); I've never seen as literally black people as I did in Poland, and they were quite happy there so I don't think a person looking Asian would be as exotic ;) Of course, there are some idiots who may try to pick on your nationality, but in general those types aren't aggressive or malicious.
Atch 22 | 4,128
27 Jun 2017 #5
Rio you'll be ok, don't worry. I shouldn't think you'll have any real trouble even in Białystok. As Nathans says you'll be less obviously noticeable though in Warsaw. It's becoming increasingly diverse. I saw five Indian guys waiting for the tram in a fairly suburban area the other day, one of them wearing a turban and nobody was paying any attention to them. You're probably more likely to get your arse kicked for being a fashion designer than being mixed race :D Just be sensible, same way you would in LA, stay away from places and situatons where there are gangs of idiots and for day to day living you should be ok. If anyone starts taunting you, just offer to give them a makeover - girlfriend you so need re-styling! Best of luck.

Oh I just realised, Americans say Asian, when they mean Chinese/Japanese/Korean etc. I, being Irish, associate Asian with Indian. So yeah, no problems I would think. Not unusual at all to see people with oriental features.
Roger5 1 | 1,448
27 Jun 2017 #6
Rio. PM me. I know B.Stok. nathans does not. 'Country living'!
OP Rio911 2 | 3
27 Jun 2017 #7
Haha Atch you're probobly right.thanks fellas!

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