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The Princess and The Pea

Posted January 25th, 2011 at 07:21 AM by chas

“I love the Indian culture. The Chinese culture is too cruel.”
--Co-leader of yoga group

“I don’t like mens; I only like womens.”
“Well, I like you, but you don’t have to like me.”
--The Pea, checking me out on our first subway trip alone together

“I won’t play the sap for you.”
--Humphrey Bogart to Mary Astor, The Maltese Falcon

She came into my life when I was interviewing prospective roommates for a brownstone I was renting that was too big and expensive for me to keep alone; a self proclaimed CAP (Chinese American Princess). Although she didn’t move in, the relationship did. The Princess was young, beautiful, clever, and fun. The daughter of a former Mandarin family before Mao, her artist grandfather was a Living National Treasure residing in New York-- the last great painter to be trained in both Eastern and Western traditions. Her father and brother were wealthy businessmen....

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