Why Do They Call You Charlie

“He called me Chinese,” my 9-year-old son said. “I was going to tell him I’m Vietnamese, but he did this weird thing with his face. Then he and his friends laughed at me and I forgot.”

“What did you say?” I asked, afraid of his response.


“How do you feel?”

“Sad,” he said. “Is that racism?”

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David Tran

David Tran

Writer. Teacher. MFA from University of Mississippi. Stories in PANK, Fiction Southeast, and bathroom stalls all across America. trandavidc@gmail.com