Fall 2008 • Vol. XXX No. 4 Fiction |

Carryout

a short story of Peter's Lotus Carden Authentic Chinese & American Food & Sub Shop Limited Delivery APPETIZERS 1. Spring Rolls: The first thing Jiao learns at work is that spring rolls are one for one dollar. Two for two dollars. No exceptions. No extras. Peter explains this with great patience to the new employee, showing him the bag of frozen pastries. 2. Egg Rolls: Jiao waits for Peter to ask him his name, but he never does. Instead he goes on to explain about egg rolls—the same thing as spring rolls, except no spring. "OK?" Peter asks. Then he adds, "Never tell anyone your Chinese name." Jiao comes to understand that Peter will not tell anyone his Chinese name. Even his wife, when she comes to the carryout shop, calls him Peter. They are short and round-faced, typical of southern China. But Peter will not even confirm this, nor does he want to know that Johnny was from northern China. "This is America," Peter says. "Chinese is Chinese here. Yo

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