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Where's Wanda

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Geneva Chao

on 13 March 2015

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Transcript of Where's Wanda

we meet at readings
and are the only two
brown people there

his wounds are
my wounds

is former soviet a racial group?

that’s my slave name
I know I don't
look it but
that’s my slave name
de facto
de jure
reparations
diaspora
tits, jugs and mugs of color
sorry about
my face
the battle cry of
My Immigrant Parents
reparations
a mexican is 65%
of a black person
a gangbanger cholo is
85% of a black person

an indian is 60% of a black person
unless they have a british accent
then it’s 30%
i understand
because
they needed
to represent
a variety
of perspectives
my talking about race is like
the creepy bum whipping out
his dick on the bus in front of
a bunch of innocent teenagers

my unique
experience
as an ally
POC handshake
gaze makes
race

“our communities”
i was a
white minority

my adopted
brother is
black
my adopted
brother is
korean
my adopted
brother is
latino
i don't even
notice
an asian is half
a black person
legally, 'mongoloid'
equaling negro
a logic of
othering

je est un
bâtard
i didn't mean
to be so obvs
about it
representing an
'important'
minority perspective
i don't think
of you that way
i respect your
culture
i see your culture
in your face

the ______
community
a black person is
not a black person
poetry is privilege
you represent a
key perspective
benign/
malignant
"trophy of
queerness"
haterade
removable
target
Indian
grandmother
how difficult it is to
learn from those
who hold us
in contempt
my grandma's
grits
i know exactly
how you feel
racialized
othered
race baiter
race traitor
passing
i know you're coming from
a different place and i know
exactly where that is
this is just a regular
event. we're not
focusing on minorities
“black los angeles” had its day
"i don't see why we need a whole
class just on minority literature"
miscegenation
subject to a whipping
every six months
exclusion
acts

pole tax

gentlemen's
agreements
Indian
Removal
Fugitive
Slave
Anti-Coolie
Geary Act
Day Law
Plessy vs.
Ferguson
repatriation
Indian Termination
9066
Operation
Wetback
Literacy Test
it's understandable
given your culture
tell me about
Confucius
tell me about
sharecropping
tell me about
la raza
my 'people'
my so-called
people
flash mob
lynch mob
"boy"
John Chinaman
Jim Crow
"colored"
"rainbow"
"melting pot"
"fruit salad"
"mass execution"
badunkadunk
kitchen
slit
house nigger
coolie
flavor
"flava"
overseasoned
race card
"decolonize"
"ethnic"
violence
neutrality
narrative
revisionist
tradition
trahison
crew
posse
tong
object
intersection
"-ality"
separate
"equal"
-ism
hate
banner
censor
"grievance"
ideology
body
"abstaining from the reading
cuz it was all white poets"
"everything
is awesome"
party
lines
drawn
identity

aesthetic
apartheid
"invariably male
invariably white"
signifying
"race per se"
brown rubber
clown suit
improving your
percentages
subsistence
token
WHERE'S WANDA
[writers of color
the unconscious quota system
& our inadequate imaginings]

mascot
house negro
massa
bossman
tether
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