Identity crisis of a biracial three-year-old



I’m a princess of the world.
No, I’m not a princess of the world.
I’m a human being in the world.
No, I’m not a human being in the world.

I’m Batman; no, I’m Spiderman

I’m Owlet; no, I’m . . .

I’m a mermaid of the sea.
Yes, I’m a mermaid of the sea.


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Bunkong Tuon is the author of Gruel (2015) and And So I Was Blessed (2017), both poetry collections published by NYQ Books, and a contributor to Cultural Weekly. He is also an associate professor of English and Asian Studies at Union College, in Schenectady, NY.