Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Friday, January 24, 2014

Land of Opportunity, A Tanka Prose

headline news:
U. of T. Too Asian?
on my way
to another interview
maple leaves swirling

I stop at traffic lights, and see a Filipino nanny pushing a baby carriage. A second woman, walking in the opposite direction, pushes an old man in a wheelchair who is staring into space.

"Move, Chinaman. Get out of my way," a native English speaker yells at me.

Note: U. of T. stands for University of Toronto.