Fairytales in the Key of Immigration

Fairytales are supposed to have happy endings, are they not?

i. 

Peter Pan flies orphans to Neverland as

the promising plane takes off 

from terminal 1 in 上海 

through Ellis Island, America’s Neverland,

carrying a Farmer & a Schoolgirl 

built of Western wishes & Eastern

eyes & Homesick hearts & American

Dreams. 


ii.

Instead of sweet candy covering caramel-soaked cruelty,

a witch named America tempts Farmer Boy & Schoolgirl

with pledges of “liberty and justice for all.” In the shadows,

star-glazed Freedom veils the perfume of xenophobia

that trail the Farmer Boy & the Schoolgirl

like a permanent scent.


iii.

Schoolgirl during the day & now Waitress by night

falls under America’s false fable of stumbling

down a rabbit hole & somehow making it to

Wonderland. Soon she’ll realize that 

rabbits scurry away & scowl at her

matted oriental fur. 


iv.

Like the Little Mermaid, Farmer Boy trades

his voice for silence, under the petty guise of

a utopia; but foreign tongue slipping

up licking ounces of confidence slurping

mandarin soup, until immigrant blood 

purifies to a Western white, 

distills his dreams into a dystopia. 


v. 

Fairytales are supposed to have happy endings, 

are they not? Farmer Boy & Schoolgirl 

are weeded of their innocence, 

plowed of their culture, & skinned

to even have a chance of happily ever after. 

Model minority myth infects the immigrant fantasy 

as a nightmare plagues 

their American Dream.

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