by Lightspeed Magazine
Well done, Arthur. But hey, what was the name of the grad student who gave the lecture?
I'm nodding my head right up until the end. Then I find myself wanting to say #NotEveryAmerican and I smack myself upside the head.
Thanks Arthur Chu for another great essay.
I relate to and root for the aliens too. For various reasons, but well, race is one of them. Sometimes when I don't fit into the stereotype it feels like something I should be proud of, even when it's not a "good" thing, such as dropping out of high school and being generally unsuccessful at everything. Like "look at me, I'm not another Asian overachiever, so I'm like one of you". You know, that one alien character in stories that the humans can actually talk to.
Whoops, I'm breaking my personal rule of never showing my race online. I'm one of those undercover aliens disguised with cloaking technology to walk among humans and no one ever suspects a thing unless I tell them. I just don't want them to see me differently and interfere with what I do, you see? I know from experience they're not ready. Hopefully this is easy enough for the MIB to cover up.
Speaking of undercover aliens, I remember in one episode Kirk tried to explain to someone why Spock looked weird and said that he's Chinese.