Secret Asian Man (11/15/08)


There’s something strange about a grown man playing with writing utensils, especially when he’s pretending they’re representative of racial minority groups. That strangeness is captured in the final panel, which also underscores the potential for conflict in a multiethnic society. While the strip seems to end on a sour note, it also contains a kernel of optimism. Consider that a cartoonist uses a pencil to sketch his comic strip, a pen to ink it, and a marker to color it. These writing utensils may be different, but they also work well together – an illustration of the American melting pot at its best.


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