Cooper caught his reflection in the window. Brown hair, fair skin, and some freckles. Grandmother Park always said, “Such white skin!” and Grandmother Daly always said, “What brown skin!” One cousin always teased him about being “half and half.” Cooper has had about enough of being half and half. And he’s certainly had enough of Mr. Lee, the owner of his neighborhood grocery store, speaking to him in Korean even though Cooper can’t keep up. Why can’t things be simple? Why can’t he just be one thing or the other? One moment in Mr. Lee’s store changes everything for Cooper. Before long he realizes that the question of who we are is never simple-whether you talk about it in English or Korean.
Adoptee Author: Sun Yung Shin
Publication Year: 2004