Boluminsky Highway, Papua New Guinea
“Ni hao! Oh, you’re waiting for the PMV? Please sit. Leave your bags here. Have a drink.”
The Konos supermarket is full of customers, and I awkwardly sit between cashiers. Like in some other developing countries, Chinese people own all the supermarkets in New Ireland, maybe the entire country. Every time I walk into one, there’s that wordless glance that says it all: “wait, I know every Chinese person here, you’re new, what’s your story?” Straight to Mandarin.