The Origin of My Species

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...Mrs. Wade (on the right, I believe) could not pronounce my Thai name, Khamolpat, nor my Thai nickname, Bin. So she decided Prince should be my name, and it has been ever since.

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...And one grade later, I would instead find comfort and acceptance in the company of black people.

—Reporting From Glendale, California

9 comments:

  1. LOVE those quality grade-school class pics! love the outfits. love the goofy looks on the kids' faces. love the same-ness from a school in indy to any other school in the country.

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  2. Anonymous6/12/2007

    my god you were fat.

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  3. John, aren't those clothes amazing?! How did we all get away with it?!

    Anonymous, I was not fat! I was wearing a puffy jacket! (Which, apparently, I never took off.)

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  4. One thing I just noticed: Why did they always shove the token Asian in the front left position? It was like, "Hey, look! We have Asians! Look!"

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  5. oh, Prince you were très cute!!! And you weren't fat. Like Porkchop you were just big boned...for a small child.

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  6. When I was a kid, I loved me some bacon!

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  7. Anonymous6/13/2007

    Fat left-corner-sitting token.

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  8. And proud of it. Represent!

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