The delicate grounds of the “other”

Before criticizing a newcomer to the country for adopting an English nickname... Imagine at the airport, the attendant called out your name on the loudspeaker for the Nth time without you even realizing that it is you because their pronunciation…

“Mommy, why do you like to buy me Asian looking dolls?”

Now to start with, my daughter has quite a multicultural and multi-racial collection, from Lego figures to Barbies to bigger dolls. She loves dolls. And among each size, she has a couple of Asian looking dolls. When she asked for…