My Obaa is Japanese – I’m not.

Livia Messenger,
Northhampton, MA.
Smith College

Before I told you my grandmother was from Japan, I wasn’t Asian to you. I’m white. I don’t speak Japanese. I’ve never been to Japan, worn a kimono, or even met my Japanese relatives. I flunked out of calculus – but I suppose my “white side” was holding the pencil when I took the SATs, right? I don’t identify with that race – keep your stereotypes away from me.


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