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My Chinese Wonders If It’s White Enough

Slam Poet
Unidentified Slam Poet

By Ed Diokno
 

She’s 18 years old and she’s a student in the Boston public schools. She presented her poem “My Chinese” and brought down the house at the “Louder Than A Bomb” slam poetry contest held in Boston last week.
 
Unfortunately I don’t have her name. Who is she? If anybody knows her name, please let me know.
 
Her words touched a nerve with a lot of people, including me. You don’t have to be Chinese to feel her powerful poem.
 

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“My Chinese is a racist joke I threw in the garbage, wrapped in a napkin stained with my culture and it made a sound as it hit the bottom: ‘chink.'”

 

Wow! She touched me deeply, recalling those moments in my life when I felt ashamed or embarrassed

Any Asian understands what it means to have one’s heritage suppressed by a culture will then turn around and appropriate it, exoticize it, make fun of it, or … to render it invisible or irrelevant.

 

 

 

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