she heard tales about saving grapefruit skins for cooking she grew bright under the neon dragon of Chinatown she made saffron curry rice for friends she attended a barbecue in Amarillo, Texas she stepped around yellow piss in snow she cut herself on a Hawaiian pineapple she learned to name forsythia where it grew visions of ochre and citronella eluded her
Frances Chung - 1950-1990
Untitled [Sitting across from me on the bus a Chinese]
Sitting across from me on the bus a Chinese couple and their young son. The wife is not accustomed to riding in automobiles so she feels nauseous and uncomfortable. She cups her hand over her mouth as if to vomit. Finally, she opens her pocketbook to fish out pieces of coconut candy, offering one to her husband and son wordlessly. They are headed for Chinatown with shopping bags of groceries. They do not speak much to each other and when they do, they speak a different dialect. The scene is reenacted endless times with the stage sometimes shifting to the subway.