General Fiction posted March 9, 2021

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An adopted Korean child

Culture Shock

by Susan Larson

When their adopted Korean daughter arrived, Jackie and Jerry wanted her Americanization to be as smooth as possible. They met with the principal and he cautioned she'd be the first Asian child they'd ever enrolled, and even the first Asian person many students had ever seen.

They chuckled. Sarah Szylkowski. Probably the first Polish name any of the kids ever heard, too!

Actually, all went well. The kids loved her. But still, she knew she was different.

One day she came home and exclaimed, "Mommy, there's a new girl at school who looks like me!"

"Oh? Where's she from?"


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In the 60's this southern community was about 98% White, Anglo Saxon Protestant. Even Italians and Poles were an oddity.
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