- By Abby MacGregor
“That was the question the protagonists of the cartoon show King of the Hill asked the Lao character Kahn Souphanousinphone when he debuted on March 2, 1997—even after he’d explained where he and his family were from in elaborate detail. Twenty years later, that question continues to encapsulate Lao American refugees’ enduring frustration when explaining our journey of rebuilding to others.”
—from “‘So are you Chinese or Japanese?’”, Winter 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 4)
Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
There’s not much to tell: It began for a girl,
There was a mask, some ink, some Pagliacci,
A reference or two to the Batman and the human...