Cover Photo: Photographs taken and provided by the author.
Photographs taken and provided by the author.

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.

and

Chin

poor

back

Tai Shui Ten village,

How’s Kris?Are you getting along?

There,

laowaiA foreigner,

That’s right, Fook TaiI never knew you

One of those harmless jokes foreigners can’t help but play

There

Fook Tai left by boat. She never wanted to go back. Why should you?

Steph Wong Ken won the 2016 Cosmonaut’s Avenue Fiction Prize. She was born in Alberta and grew up in Florida. She has an MFA from Portland State University.