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Kannichiwa. Watashiwa, Kimiyama Alice desu.
Hello. My name is Alice Kimiyama.
I am a Japanese American.
Emphasis, on a American.
I know, it's hard at first to realize it
I usually get the "Hey, you're Chinese, right?"
You are instantly Chinese since that's the largest Asian country.
It's the almond eyes
And how I must only see half the world when I smile...
It's no use
I can't change the minds
Of 303,824,646 people
And no,
Just because I'm asian
Doesn't mean that I
Memorized how many people there are in the United States
I looked it up on CIA World Factbook like a
Normal
American
Teenager
Would do.

It does not mean
I'm the smartest kid in your classroom.
I have trouble with all sorts of subjects
Especially the one with
Graphing hexagons and
Constructing nonagons with
Numbers and letters scrambled into
This fusion of complete nonsense...
Just because I'm asian
Does not mean that I
Speak the language fluently
Cook and eat rice everyday
I do not wear a kimono
When I'm at home.
I don't know every anime or manga
That's out and about there
Or go to a Buddist temple on the weekend.
I'm Christian, sorry.
Just because I'm Japanese,
Doesn't mean that I am
A ninja, samurai, or geisha.
I'm not a harajuku girl
Dressing in Gothic Lolita with neon colored hair
Just because I'm asian,
Means squat
When it comes to living by the code
Of that culture.
I'm a flat out
All American girl
With a background ethnicity
of a Japanese heritage.

But that's all people gaze upon when they see me
To them, I am not Irish or German
Which I am
I could be eating potatoes and brats everyday
You're just fortunate that I did take Japanese
Because as a young girl I found interest in it
Lucky
That I wanted to take karate for a year, but decided
Hey, it's not what it's cracked up to be.

I don't walk up to you, saying
"Hey, you're African, right?
Hey, you're English, right?
You're Mexican, right?"
I don't because you could
Be an American like me.
Or you could be from Norway, France
Jamaica, Chili,
Indonesia, Kazakhstan,
Australia, New Zealand; anywhere.
I know you feel my pain
When people keep asking you.
You may be joking with me, but I get fed up.
I'm tired of the whole,
"Asians are smart"
or
"Asians are far more superior"
It may sound like gold,
But that gold weighs me down.
I don't need that expectation floating amongst me.
I want the expectation of being me, Alice.
And as my great grandma from Japan would say,
"Domo arigato gozai masu."
Thank you very much.
This be dedicated to my number one fan: Neumann.

Apparantly, I'm her favorite lovable asian. And she won't let me down on it. Here's to you, you crazy Norwegian. I love you too much to keep telling you to stop calling me "your asian."

cheers. <3

---EDIT---
for personal reasons. XD
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TURNIP-SLOP Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is good, its got a strong message delivered in a light, non-aggressive, 'gimme a break' form - I hope the word gets out ;)
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Blak-image713 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Thank you! When I read it at my poetry slam, I got a lot of laughs, which took me aback at first, but I realized the light wording made it likeable. People seemed to understand and appreciate it. Good to know you do too. (:
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tiggyIIV Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Student Filmographer
Ah, even though my school fares in non-labeling students, I have experienced some of these rude assumptions myself."Ooh, you can't be controlled so you must be crazy.'....that just plain angers me to no end.Did they ever think that maybe I was experimenting?No,no they did not.There is a thin line between full blown insanity and complete genius.I walk that line.
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Blak-image713 Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
I'd like to think I walk a thin line between insightful and delusional. ^__^
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tiggyIIV Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Student Filmographer
Why how do you do it? :3
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Blak-image713 Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Because there are days when I write and people take my words to better their minds and there are days when people read what I say and wonder if I should be in a mental institution. I just write what happens to be in my head, raw and all. If its what the normal people want to hear, they'll hear it. And when it's something they don't want to hear, they'll judge you. Such is life. XD
I believe you're genius in another sense, no?
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tiggyIIV Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Student Filmographer
Everyone has a bit of genius is them, its just that most people like me are picked up by some sort of talent search (see newest journal)and dropped back down on their heads when they find someone else.In the end hopes are crushed , but dreams are replenished. D: I guess its almost helpfull in a degative sort of way...Sorry for my constant ranting, I'm probably keeping you up at night. I'll stop now.
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Blak-image713 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
Oh please... You don't keep me up at night. Quite frankly, you don't talk to me enough. One of these days I'll just sit down and talk to you about whatever you want. Rather odd statement, I suppose, but that is how you make friends, no? You're one of those talent search kids, eh? I always felt bad for you in a sense... having to live to some type of expectation and if you don't suceed, it eats at you. I hope it's not that bad for you of course, but I never know how the world acts anymore unless I ask sweetly. So think of this as "an invitation to tea." I do that sort of thing all the time. My friend Reid could tell you that. lol. I know I'm not a genius in the sense society would like me to be, but I suppose I have a mind that isn't quite right in the brain and makes me the girl to listen to every now and then. However...ironic enough, I want to listen to others to open my brain up to empathize and to understand. So I don't know if you want to, but whenever you get the chance, you can talk to me. I don't mind listening. (And don't ask where I got the motion to tell you that. I don't know myself. I just slips from my mind like everything else. Apparently, it is meant for you to hear.) :)
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tiggyIIV Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Student Filmographer
Well, thats really nice to know. thank you for that. (in that last comment 'degative'? I meant negative)Yes us talent search people have it worse off.OH and do you have that AVID thing where you live? Its harder to get in than it is to stay in.Plus my crush has AVID ,DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD:::::...oi -takes nap-
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Blak-image713 Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
AVID? Never heard of it before. I'm sure we have something like it, but with a different word and a different definition.
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