Life of an adoptee

“No I don’t celebrate Chinese New Year.”

“Martial arts? I know how to swing a stick. Does that count?”

“Yes I’ve eaten kimchi. I’m adopted, not dead.”

“No I can’t show your son how to use chopsticks. He can’t even use a fork.”

“No I’m not Japanese.”

“No I’m not Vietnamese.”

“Yes I’m Korean. Yes… I’m sure…

No… not North Korea…”

“Yes I realize Cushman isn’t a Korean name.

Yes… I’m really sure I’m Jason Chandler Cushman…”

“Yea… that’s my mom. No… I’m not half white. Yes… … I’m sure…”

“No I didn’t steal this credit card. Yes, I have my drivers license to prove it.”

“No I don’t have a green card. Yes I realize immigrants should have one. I’m nationalized. Yes… I’m sure. Ok… I’ll get my paperwork, been here since I was 3.”

“Yes I speak English and understand what you are saying. No… I don’t require a translator.

Yes… I still understand and follow the conversation at hand.”

“No I don’t have an opinion on Chinese Communism and history unless you want to discuss the Silk Road and the Boxer rebellion which I wrote papers on in college.”

“Yes I’ve briefly been to Japan on the way to Korea. Yes I like sushi.”

“No I don’t speak Korean. Because I was adopted. Well… I didn’t choose that route. It was sort of chosen for me.”

“Yes I realize I should learn to speak Korean someday. I’d also like to learn to be a botanist someday, all in good time I suppose.”

“I changed my name because no one would be able to spell my Korean name and I’d get irritated daily because of it. I basically saved myself a lifetime of irritation. Yes… I’m still proud to be Korean.”

“I’m rooting for both teams… no I don’t feel a need to pick between the USA and Korea, I hope for a good game.

This isn’t a war, I don’t have to choose sides ok? Fuck off!”

-Opinionated Man

11 thoughts on “Life of an adoptee

  1. I was born the in the US and adopted at an early age. I one fully Indian (from the country). People without fail though always ask me if I speak Indian or if curry is my favorite food. Indian isn’t even a language…😂😂😂 This post is amazing!

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  2. My sister-in-law is from Hong Kong and my brother is Whitey McWhitey from Whitesvillle, Canada. Years ago they had to relocate to my brother’s air force base in northern Canada. She told me that one winter when she and the kids went to a mall wearing parkas more than one person asked, “Are you Eskimos?”
    She still cries with laughter every time she tells the story!
    MrOrmsbyAtLarge

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  3. LMAO. I hate that! I am half white and half Mexican and I just “love” (not) when people try to speak Spanish to me. Or, make nasty comments “like you must be a “hot” one” (when I was young). I could go on, but you get it.

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