I Wanted to Know Why the Ocean Ate My Grandfather
As a child of many cultures, I wasn’t sure I could lay claim to one. But I learned that identity can grow and stretch, widen and encompass more than a single country or language.
The Scarlet Letter Huckleberry Finn
Come back, There’s still so much I wanted to ask you. So much I wanted to talk to you about.
“This is a family thing.”
“Wake up,” she nudged me. I gazed blearily at the clock. Still five in the morning.
How silly we must look
Can I allow myself to be guided by my elders in reliving these old traditions?
I want to say that I have always been Chinese-Indonesian, even if my own experience has looked markedly different from others’. I can discover this. I can discover this part of myself. I can wake this little girl up.
Theodora Sarah Abigail is a young writer and teen mother currently living in Jakarta, and she prefers to be called Ebi.
Her family has lived in Indonesia for generations after moving from China; however, she was raised in the USA. This strange blend of cultural perspectives is often the focus of her work.
Her first book of essays, ‘In The Hands Of A Mischievous God’, was published by Gramedia in 2017.
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