Portrait of an Asian Woman

Shanhu Lee

Published in J Journal in 2022


On the road we met an Asian woman,

We looked at her facial mask.


From a distant mirror,

in the physical therapy room,

I saw the reflection

of an old Asian woman.

Her dyed black hair was thin

and frail, like mother’s.


Oriental women always have a modest body,

someone shouts at an Asian woman

from his Toyota pickup at

the Walmart parking lot.


An Asian mom. 

A tiger mom.

No excuse, no defense.

Alex, my Aikido instructor asked

an Asian woman,

Where are you from originally?

when she said

she was born in Cleveland.


An Asian woman has become a VP.

A half-Asian woman

has become a VP.


Mulan, Mulan,

A little boy calls an Asian woman,

Her Cinderella shoes

are made of bamboo glass.


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