How to Write About Your Ancestral Village
You buy a one-way ticket to Beijing, and tell your mother you are traveling alone to figure out if China might be the answer.
Tai Shui Ten village,
How’s Kris?Are you getting along?
That’s right, Fook TaiI never knew you
One of those harmless jokes foreigners can’t help but play
Fook Tai left by boat. She never wanted to go back. Why should you?
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My parents are from the Rust Belt, words supposed to encapsulate the decay, the abandoned workplaces.
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