A Chinese man boarded a flight to Chicago and promptly sat down on the first seat he encountered. He was soon told that seat was reserved for flight attendants.

With his limited English he did not fully understand what he was told but hand signals soon got him to move a little further back.

Soon there was another person persuading him to move out of first class. Again he moved further back. There was yet another discussion and he took no further chances and went to the very last seat in the tourist section.

Some time later a flight attendant asked him if he was "for coffee".

Furious he replied, "You foh coffee, I stayah hee."
I recently met a Chinese man and his name was Kanna Swami.

I asked him, "How did you ever get a name like that being a Chinese?"

He said, "Many, many years ago when I first went to USA. I was standing in line at the Political Asylums Immigration Counter.

"The man in front of me was a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee. The white lady at the counter looked at him and asked, 'What is your name?'

He replied, 'Kannaswami.'

"Then she looked at me and asked, 'What's your name?'

"I said, 'Sem Ting.'"