"Where is Cookie Kwan? Where is Hubert Wong and his parents?"
"Where are Tetsuo and Kaneda, my best friends that everyone in Springfield's Asian-American community know and love?"
"Breathe, Akira, and visualize mini trees."
"If I focus on my bonsai, it will help me stay zen, and other Japanese-y things. Anime."
"Re-potting a bonsai gives it fresh nutrients and helps it remain strong."
"It's as if when you live in a small, contained place, you need to change the old soil - kick up the environment - to keep yourself from wilting and dying."
"Could that somehow be a metaphor for life? Springfield equals "small place.""
"The stagnant lack of diversity equals “old soil.” And what would keep us from wilting and dying? Ah..."
"No, Akira! Bonsai is your time to let go."
"Bury your ambitions way down inside where they can be forgotten and never disturb you again."
"So yeah... uh... cute tree description something something pot?"
"Ah ha! A perfect bonsai to plant. No one else in Springfield has these unique and mad skills."
"This is why we need to increase diversity. Think of all the useful and impressive stereotypes that can't be given expression."
"Who is to do manis and pedis? Who does math moderately better than others? Who dry cleans clothes using ancient secrets?"
"By placing this tree into the ground, I let an idea take root. Expanding the representation of cultures adds value to all communities."
"Also, that I rock at bonsai."