Thanks for the comments Owen. I am sure it would have been great to meet each other in the field. The migrant that I also hoped to see in Yingkou but missed was Pacific swift.
I am almost always seen as a 'meiguoren', sometimes as Russian. I never had the feeling or thought about the fact that people could have ill feelings about me. However, I am used of getting stares that are more close to disbelief, certainly when I am with my kids.