All my life I have been picked on for being in the skin that I am in. I was born here, raised here; I have lived here all my life and I am here, but I have never been 100 percent accepted as American. I never forgot the many times I was targeted for being Chinese. I wasn't always the shy Chinese girl. I tried hard to fit in and I put myself out there. In middle school, I joined the soccer team. During practice, girls would purposefully not let me get a chance to kick the ball. It was an unfriendly game of monkey in the middle. This drove me to give up playing my favorite sport. Then it was time for high school. I figured things would be different. However, in high school the same thing happened.
I thought this was going to be a much funnier story, but I don't know where I am going with this. So, here are seven comments and questions Chinese-Americans have gotten before.
1. "Where are you from?"
Someone is always so eager to shout out, "China!" Even though I was born in America.
2. "Do you eat cats and dogs?"
No comment except shaking my head.
3. "Say something in Chinese!"
4. "Are you from (Flushing) Queens?"
I have gotten this question so many times and the answer is always, "No, Manhattan."
5. "Ni hao."
Being hit on by a stranger with this line is so, so pleasant.
6. "What does, "ching chong maka hiya" mean?
7. "Sesame chicken is my favorite Chinese food!
All I do is nod and say, "Cool."