The Fieldstone Review

Pondering over Plasticity

by Yuan Changming

                   There’s no doubt, I would paint my skin
Into a colorless color, & I would dye my hair
Wear two blue contacts, & I would even
Go for plastic surgery, but if I really do
I assure you, I will not remove my native village
Accent while speaking this foreign tongue (I began
To imitate like a frog at age nineteen); nor will I 
Completely internalize the English syntax & 
Aristotelian logic. No, I assure you that I’ll not give up 
Watching movies or TV series, reading books
Listening to songs, each in Chinese though I hate them 
For being too low & vulgar. I was born to eat dumplings
Doufu, & thus fated to always prefer to speak Mandarin
Though I write in English. I assure you that even if I am 
Newly baptized in the currents of science, democracy & 
Human rights, I will keep in line with my father’s 
Haplogroup just as my sons do. No matter how 
We identify ourselves or are identified by others, this is 
What I assure you: I will never convert my proto selfhood  
                                           Into white Dataism, no, not 
                               In the yellowish muscle of my heart