Monodrama: A Sino-American Soliloquoy

Author | Margaret Siu


She tells me
Don’t marry a white
Don’t marry a black
Never marry a Jap
Promises don’t hang on paraphernalia.
Make it worth your ambition.
Then I find myself diagnosed with
‘White fever’
a reverse malady of ‘yellow fever’
Mr. ____, you’re a perfect figment of a mirage,
Mr. ____, you’re a dream
checking my nonexistent wish list.
Blame falls on
angsty teenage hormones
seventeen years of an Anglo milieu
Mr. ____, what’s wrong with you.
Mr. ____, what’s wrong with me.

The Finesse of Karaoke Parties

I’ll dance with
my sister and cousins
to Michael Jackson and 五月天 in
any country I set foot in.

Blaring from the speakers,
jumping from terracotta tiles, the buzz
of pot-stickers, scents of grass jellies.
Hi-Chew wrappers become confetti at our feet.

It’s a heterogeneously homogenous festival of
‘who cares, it’s a summer day.’
The half-white neighbors carry
the same pair of bold lungs we all have, swinging
a little brother off of his pixie toes.
Idina Menzel’s famous ice queen lines come in
four different accented versions of English.
We all hath eyes, Shylock. We all hath
the same passions and tears. Bellowing
nonsensical Mandarin
into two microphones, rock stars
rattling ancient karaoke machines,
This tickles the nine of us to the agonies
of our protesting stomachs.

We are the world. We are the children,
mouths chewing wolfberries and gushing out
wilder giggles. It’s midnight.
Girl. Boy. Either way, we all sound
terrific. We are the cacophonic
cackles, wisps, and wheezes of fireworks
and their magnificent, iridescent

potentials. Such is our choir,
impelling ignition of a warmer fire.

About the Author | Margaret Siu is majoring in Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas and has a certificate in Mandarin Chinese from the National Taiwan Normal University (國立臺灣師範大學). Siu is the founder and Editor in Chief for international, multimedia publication Apricity Magazine; in addition, she has published two poetry and art anthologies: "In the Mirror" and "For Revolution". She is a recipient of the Brown University Book Award, multiple Gold and Silver Keys from the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards for her art and poetry, and an University Interscholastic League Journalism 1st Place Award for her Features Story. Siu has also been published in the Critical Pass Review for her work. Siu is an avid fan of Naomi Shihab Nye, Mong-Lan, and Lin Manuel Miranda--those who endeavor to narrate their cultures through verse.