Panda Express, story by Meg Eden (MY FIRST JOB Poetry and Prose Series)
by Meg Eden
The boys from Bowie order Orange Chicken and laugh at me.
Why’s a white girl working at a Chinese restaurant? they ask.
I answer, Free sample?
My Vietnamese friend told me, You are white on the outside but Asian at heart. She took her banana leaf rice cake and gave me half. This was our weekly communion.
When my shift ends, I take the chicken that has been sitting in the glass display, unfit for customers. If I don’t take it, another will throw it away. The meat’s tough and sweet in my mouth.
When I sweep the floors, my boss laughs. He says, Have you ever held a broom? He means: spoiled white girl. I’ve cleaned my father’s workshop, built our back patio with bricks and a pile of sand. But I know that all he sees are my soft hands.
He asks if…
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