I was walking with a student a couple years ago, and as usually happens to foreigners in China, especially in schools, students were constantly blurting out "Hello!" "Oh so cool!" "What's your name?"
Of course these words are thrown out just to impress their peers that they're brave enough to talk at (not to) the foreigner, but the student said something interesting. Now she was a very pretty girl but not beautiful enough to stand out among the crowd. She said with a small smile, "Everybody notices you when you go out."
I shrugged and agreed. "That's the way it is for foreigners in China."
The girl sighed and gazed into the distance. "I wish people would notice me...," she said quietly.
I never forgot those words. It's tough to stand out in the world's largest population and most homogenous society.