18 March 2014

Feeder 1.3

          When jinn Wang first came to mayflower elementary he had  been only the second Asian in his class and that begin so they were made fun of for that quote “The only Asian in my class was Suzy Nokamura. When the class finally figured out that we weren't related, rumors began to circulate that Suzy and I were arranged to be married on her thirteenth birthday"
I can relate to this quote because when I first started school I was faced with a similar challenge. My parents bout are from the Caribbean my mother from saint peters Barbados and my father out the country side of Trinidad; with that being said I was raised by two people with Caribbean accents with rubbed off on me. Begin they were first people to teach me how to talk, even how to sound out words and pronounce them, this left me talking with an accent only one who wasn't Caribbean can clearly point out. There was another guy in my class who parents were from the Caribbean I believe he was Jamaican and Guyanese which made his accent just as strong as mines. When my class figured out we both had Caribbean background and wasn't actually African American they started rumors of us being long lost cousins, which boiled my blood because I felt like instead of being understanding to why I might pronounce words the way I did or even used different slang they simply made fun of us. I was told mean things like my parents used curry and spices in everything even in our juices. But I couldn't stand curry dishes and never was able to handle spicy food.

Unlike in American born Chinese while Jim and Suzy spent time mostly avoiding each other because of their similarities this made me and Damari close and eventually best friends; we shared a connection in food, music, morals simply because of our background. This also had positive outcomes because we were able to share games, food, music and history eventually on culture day were able to have classmate experience dishes he ate daily which was prepared by my parents which they turn out to like listen learned don’t ever be ashamed of who you are or where you come from because it’s what makes you.

1 comment:

  1. That must have been really frustrating, kio, but thanks for sharing! It makes a great story that other can learn from, though.

    Just be sure to proofread a little more closely, in the future :-)