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

Sunday, January 15, 2023

New Life in the Land of the Maple Leaf

“Name, country of birth, place of birth, date of birth, sex, marital status,”  the Immigration Officer fires out question after question, trying to define the borders of my lifescape.  He wants to confine me to a statistically recognizable category: immigrant.

after one stopover
and twenty hours of flying 
in Toronto streets
I walk with newly ascribed roles:
immigrant and Chinese