Not then, not now.

Korean BBQ. BTS. “Parasite.”

In 2022, Korean culture is cool.

Not in 1995.

I was eight.

“What are you?”

The neighborhood kids asked.

Laughing and yanking back their eyelids.

In 2020, the fox eye trend made it cool.

Not in 2003.

I was sixteen.

“What is that smell?”

Noses scrunched up at the scent of my mother’s kimchi.



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