The Red Fire Rooster and the Goat

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The goat was complaining to the Red Fire Rooster that things are tough and seem to be getting worse. Because he was an excellent musician the animals in the barnyard brought him food to hear his music.  He prospered for many years by sitting in front of the barn playing his delightful tunes.  Now, he complained, very few animals seemed interested.

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The Red Fire Rooster was a pottery maker and told a different story. He had lived through many ups and downs in the pottery business.  Sometimes, it seemed, everybody was buying pottery.  Other times he had to travel to many different barnyards to find animals interested in his wares.  He told the goat you have to find opportunity because opportunity won’t find you.

The goat spent every day sitting in front of the barn playing his music hoping others would bring him food like they always had. He continued to complain that things are tough and seem to be getting worse.  The Red Fire Rooster was happy and full of food.  He told the goat that he always has food but sometimes he has to work really hard to get it.

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Artwork by Tiffany Chang, All Rights Reservedwww.tiffanychang.us

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Why Do We Want to Change our Race?

Chinese Solders

I was struck by an article that appeared in AOL news today by Sharline Chiang, which was originally written in the Daily Dose on May 25, 2015. I was struck by the article because it reminded me of myself.  Sharline was born in a Chinese body but wanted to be white.  She grew up in a suburb of New Jersey where in school there were a few black kids and a couple of Latinos and Asians, but most of the kids were white. She only had white friends and wanted to be just like them. She wanted to get eyelid surgery, breast implants and blue contacts so nobody would know that she was Chinese.  When she looked in the mirror she saw a Chinese girl but she wanted to see a blonde with blue eyes.  She hated the idea that people would ask her if she was a foreigner.

Eventually she stopped trying to be white and made friends with proud Asian Americans, Latinos and African-Americans. Her self-hatred slowly dissipated and was replaced by a new appreciation of herself.  She was reminded of her ancestors and the courage of people of color in America.  When I was a teenager I lived in Mexico City and also wanted to change my race. I was not Mexican but all of my classmates were and I too wanted to be just like them.  I was envious of the way they looked, which was nothing like the way I looked.  Like Sharline I also did many things to make myself look like my Mexican friends.  Eventually I also came to appreciate who I really was but it took much longer than I wish it would have.

Photo by Ashley Van Haeften – http://tinyurl.com/jkswcxs

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Born Chinese, Raised American

Maya Ludtke

Before Maya Ludtke was Maya Ludtke, cherished American daughter, she was an abandoned baby girl in eastern China, when the one child policy and a traditional preference for boys landed her in an orphanage.  In this article she discusses how she is finding a way to balance both identities. See: http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-02-11/born-chinese-raised-american-adoptee-explores-her-identity