300 short stories:: story 135

story: Are They Vampires, or Are They Just Chinese?

author: C Pam Zhang

year: 2017

where: airplane

note: from an interview about the story, Zhang said, “What’s creepy is my being haunted for years by the pressure to write a Sad Immigrant Story.”

a line: “We wear long driving gloves even when we don’t drive. And when we do: roof down, swinging over curbs, black hair flung back like silk, like bat wings, like flags snapping beware in language you’ll never understand.”

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