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1 Name: Secret Admirer : 2007-07-23 17:56 ID:lDTH7ywC

So recently I was tasked with driving this Japanese girl (and her friend, but she was asleep) home from a party, since she lives with her host family in my part of town (no idea how she got there in the first place though). We talked for most of the ride, and things were alright.
I ended up running into her a few days later at school (more foreign students here in the summer than locals... strange place i live in), and we got to talking, and I drove her home again. We got along pretty well and she asked me for my phone number and gave me hers. She also had me give her my MSN info.
Since then we've talked online some, and run into each other at school. I kind of want to talk to her more, get to know her, that whole thing. But I'm worried I may have been placed in the friend zone from the start. With Americans you can tell. You speak the same language, understand certain conventions, etc. But with someone of a different nationality and a different first language (i'm also japanese... in race and some cultural practices. and not much else), it's hard to tell if you've been friended.
Should I call her? Talk to her? Not really sure what to do in a situation like this.