- kid: Are you... American?
me: Yes... are you?
me: You're not?
kid: No... (holds up her hand) see my skin, I'm Indian.
me: What does it mean to be American?
kid: I don't know. Wait, what color are you?
me: (holding up my hand next to hers) I'm like you.
kid: So you're Indian too?
kid: But you said you were American. (I nod) You know, I was born in America.
me: Me too. So you're American.
kid: But my parents were born in India.
me: Mine too. So we're both Indian and American, right?
kid: Oh... yeah. Wait, you were born in America, and your parents were born in India?
me: Just like you.
And that concludes this episode of Pediatric Identity Politics.