Thursday 08th December 2016,

Bad Ass Asians

My Chinese Wonders If It’s White Enough

posted by Randall
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.
 

RELATED: ‘Dear Young Man of Color’

“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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One Comment

  1. Christina Lai says:

    RE: Athena Chu, pretty sure she’s not 18

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