Chenou Liu

A Tanka About Racism - Poem by Chenou Liu

their coarse voices
Wow! Chinaman s-peak-s En-gli-sh
by a room of silence
... my Bruce Lee kick in the air

Note: Bruce Lee (27 November 1940 - 20 July 1973) was a Chinese American and Hong Kong actor, and founder of the Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist) martial arts movement. He is highly-regarded and most-loved by his movie fans and martial art followers, viewed by many martial art commentators as 'inarguably' the greatest martial arts star of his generation.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

the 15th tanka in the sequence about diasporic experiences

Note: Based on the principles of progression and association employed in Japanese court poetry (for more information, see 'To the Lighthouse: Principles of Progression and Association in Tanka Sequences, ' http: // , Politics/Poetics of Re-Homing is first English language tanka sequence about diasporic experiences. In the sequence, I adopt an intersectional approach to exploring a wide range of issues related to immigration, English learning, racialized identity, racism, job seeking, colonization, acculturation, ...etc. You can read the whole sequence, http: //

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 22, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 2, 2014

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