Melanie Ho

Golden Dragon
stir fry
tofu and broccoli and soy sauce
mixed with brown rice
for the not-so-brown people
throw in some Dragon Ladies
for some extra spice
don’t go too wild on the ginger
or they’ll choke when you tell them
that reverse racism don’t exist
that reverse racism don’t exist
that reverse racism don’t exist
and look them in their eyes when they ask for a fork
nod your head when they ask you for some extra fortune cookies
give them a sympathetic smile when they ask you for the third time if you’re sure you don’t sell
General Tsao’s Chicken what kind of Chinese restaurant is this I knew we should have gone to
the ‘fo’ place

Melanie Ho [filmmaker | writer] is currently a 3rd year undergraduate student at Princeton. She wants to explore her identities through writing, and she aims to center the stories of those who are often found on the margins. Some of her other work has been published in HEArt Online.