"Why aren't you making straight A's?"
"Why aren't you in advanced classes?"
This may be expected,
but it does not mean
that is who I am.
My intelligence has nothing to do with my ethnicity.
My eyes are not slanted.
Failing something makes me feel bad.
That is not my parents decision.
I want to know of my culture.
Who I came from.
"And Buddha's made of stone watch over me.
My dreams they lead me through the fields of rice.
In prayer, in the light...I see my kin.
I touch my tree, my roots, my begin..."