In Taiwan, Running Led Me to My Community—and to Myself
A place doesn’t begin to feel like a home until it contains people you care for.
This is Diary of a Reverse Immigrant, a column by Karissa Chen about moving back to Taiwan.
I hate this, I regret this, why did I agree to this.
Karissa Chen's fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Gulf Coast, PEN America, Guernica, and Longreads. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan in 2015-16 and received a 2019 Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and is a proud Fellow of both Kundiman and VONA/Voices. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief at Hyphen and a Contributing Fiction Editor at Catapult. She is working on a novel.
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