On being angry and Asian. Also theory. Also Family.—Wellesley College NaPoWriMo

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Wellesley College NaPoWriMo

By Lily Luo ’16

Inspired by Ozawa vs. United States

When he went up against the Supreme Court they told him in no uncertain terms, you are not one of us/ You do not belong and there is nothing you can do to change that/ It’s something in your blood/ You are an infection that our laws try to inoculate against/ You are an alien that our judicial system has codified.

1991 (read: 48 years after the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act) My mother carrying in her belly a child who would grow up dreaming of becoming the head of a nation that not so long ago told her they did not want any of her kind/ She does not yet realize that to be the first also means to be the only one.

My friend told me over lunch, lately she’s been thinking about the effect of history…

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