Pseudo Selfie

People call me NatCat. I have almond eyes and full lips. People say I have an Asian nose. Well Asia’s a big place.

natcat

“The maneki-neko (Japanese招き猫?, literally “beckoning cat“) is a common Japanesefigurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat(traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed—often at the entrance—of shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses…

Even though maneki-neko is a Japanese term and maneki-neko are Japanese figurines, they are sometimes incorrectly called the “Chinese lucky cat” and are increasingly popular among Chinese merchants.”

– Ancient “Asian” Proverb Wi-ki

Selfie – In the way I view myself, I never really identify with my Chinese heritage. Neither does my Grandmother. She’s from Hong Kong, and moved to Honolulu when she was little. With a strong base of family in Hawaii, she became complacent. She left everything behind, moved to SF and completely started over. My mother is half, and I’m a quarter. It’s surprising to me when people ask me if I can speak “Chinese” when they find out I have Chinese relatives (who also don’t speak any Cantonese or Mandarin). I thought I’d take my nickname and be selective about the particular “cat” image. (Refer to wikipedia info above). Cat is synonymous with Nat in this instance.

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