Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Hello Kitty Must Die: Angela S. Choi

Written by Candice Acquino
 Active Image                      Meet Fiona Yu, a twenty-eight-year- old Chinese-American corporate lawyer who is missing a hymen. This is the premise under which Hello Kitty Must Die begins. Fiona is on a quest to take her own virginity and subsequently learns that she was born without a hymen. So she does what any normal girl would do. She finds a clinic that will surgically reconstruct one for her so she can finally carry her family's honor between her legs. 

Meet Fiona Yu, a twenty-eight-year-old Chinese-American corporate lawyer who is missing a hymen. This is the premise under which Hello Kitty Must Die begins. Fiona is on a quest to take her own virginity and subsequently learns that she was born without a hymen. So she does what any normal girl would do. She finds a clinic that will surgically reconstruct one for her so she can finally carry her family's honor between her legs.

When Fiona goes to her first appointment at the hymen reconstructive surgeon, she discovers that the surgeon is her old friend Sean. Sean was a sadistic childhood friend of hers that taught her to stand up to the bullies of the world and take what's hers. When Sean and Fiona reconnect, he takes her on his journey to rid the world of overly obnoxious and greedy people. As Fiona begins going on the arranged dates that her father sets up for her, their fates become mysteriously bleak.
 
Hello Kitty Must Die takes the reader on Fiona's journey to grab hold of her life and subvert the traditional Chinese culture that her parents are trying to force upon her. She is a very successful lawyer, and for her parents, this is not what’s going to help her land a husband. The men her father sets her up with are looking for a wife who will be home cooking and cleaning for them, and that is not the life Fiona wants for herself. For Fiona, Hello Kitty is a metaphor for traditional Chinese women and the way they are treated in society, and because of that she stands for everything Fiona hates. "I hate Hello Kitty. I hate her for not having a mouth or fangs like a proper kitty . . . she has no eyebrows so she can't look angry. She can't even scratch your eyes out. Just clawless, fangless, voiceless, with that placid, blank expression topped by a pink ribbon. Poor Hello Kitty. Having to go around itchy, unlicked, unscratched. Tortured by her own filth. Like my mother."

Hello Kitty Must Die
is a very unique and enjoyable read. Fiona’s inner struggle between pleasing her parents and being proud of the powerful and successful woman she is is fascinating. And when you add a little murder into the mix, the story becomes even more so.

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