Frankly in LoveeBook - 2019
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He nods with this wistful sort of look that says, I learned something new today.
People who let themselves learn new things are the best kind of people. . . .
As soon as I say these words, I realize I've discovered the point. The point is not about playing Food Tour Guide. It's not about peppering Paul Olmo with questions. The point is being able to say I have no idea. Without apology. With confidence, even. . . .
I have no idea, I realize, is a big part of who I am.
Love is a belief mutually held. As soon as that belief fades on either end, then poof, the whole thing falls face-flat like a tug-of-war suddenly gone one-sided.
"She was brave—braver than me—but now I wonder if being brave is worth it. The brave go first into battle. But that makes them the first to go down, too."
"The super-Koreans begin to clap, and now everyone’s clapping with them, and I start to get that classic Limbo feeling that I get whenever I’m surrounded by this much Korean-ness: that I am a failure at being Korean, and not doing so great at being American, so the only thing left to do is run away and hide in my own little private Planet Frank."
D: "Kinda wishing I could be white right now. Without the actually being white part."
Q: "White can be anything it wants to be and be white last, not first."
D: "Although, eh, too many war crimes."
D: "I just know I'll never be able to do Korean right. You know what I mean?"
"Me and my family," mumbles Q, "we get (stuff) all the time just for the crime of being ourselves. None of our DC relatives think we're black enough. We got (stuff) when we moved from black Baldwin Hills to white Playa Mesa for my Dad's job. At the last gathering, my uncle made fun of my 'bougie' accent and said he'd have to 'take away my black card.'"
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