Chinese Soap

by Susan Abbott
Asian-American culture is one of the few things I've missed since moving to Vermont twelve years ago. More specifically, what I miss is Asian food: Vietnamese noodle shops, and Chinese restaurants with ducks hanging upside down in the window and handmade dumplings boiling in the back. I also miss Korean stores on the corner with bountiful displays of flowers and fruit, and those streets in any Chinatown crowded with stalls selling exotic fish, alien vegetables and those unidentifiable packaged goods that you just want to take home and paint.