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‘Taiwanese’

i realize, sometimes i think something like: “how Taiwanese am i?” and what i’m really using as a reference point is my particular family. not Brian’s (the young man from Tainan), or one of the Taiwanese aborigine kids, or one of the political radicals here.

i am who i am.
i came in a certain way.
i have sought and been exposed to certain life experiences.
these experiences span worlds far broader than what i believe the Taiwanese relatives we had dinner w/last night have experienced.

they know i have a different life experience.

so the fact i say things that don’t follow usual understandings, or are ‘shocking’ or  ‘unexpected’, is simply par for the course.

i can sense that i am ‘other’ and, well, i am, and that is okay.

culture ‘gets lost’ and that is sort of sad. language, ways of being and relating.

but culture is also always full up, in each of us.

i _am_ another 100% full set of culture.

and when i catch myself wondering
if i ought to leash things in
or apologize for being
or get clued in about what i don’t know that i don’t know

at least i am aware
because i _have_ traversed so many cultures
that i am in one ‘fishbowl’
and that there are others.

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