Last night’s Staples High School baccalaureate — the ceremonybefore graduation — was wonderful.
The talents of the Class of 2012 were on full display. There were singers, dancers, even a rapper.
But the line of the night belonged to salutatorian Carolyn Chen.
Noting that only 2% of the Staples population is Asian, she said that people frequently ask if she’s Chinese.
No, she says.
Well, they reply, you must be Japanese.
Confused, they ask: Korean?
No, she says for the third time.
Well, what are you? they wonder.
“American,” Carolyn answers firmly.