Am I woke now? I think I’m woke now!
by Thom Yee
Something I hear a lot around this time of year is “Happy New Year!” And not usually from Chinese people either, from people who, I think, feel a measure of personal progress when they say it to people who look like me. “Happy New Year!” they say to us. In the middle of February. Weeks later than January 1st. I’m not saying that I really mind when I hear it, I’m not trying to judge people when I hear them say it to me, almost any recognition and celebration of other cultures is a good thing, I’m just saying that when I hear Happy [Chinese] New Year, I can’t help but think to myself, “It’s not my New Year.” Sometimes with several exclamation points at the end. Continue reading