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Love and Silence in Asian America

If the world responds to our silence and not to our love, then it teaches us that silence is a condition of our development.

Aiiieeeee!

No-No BoyAiiieeeee!

Aiiieeeee!

racist love

This Bridge Called My Back, Aiiieeeee!

me,

expectation

expectation

Aiiieeeee!gives

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Symposium

You were taught to be the quiet one if you wanted a place

You chose the stereotype because it gave you an identity

Ugly FeelingsSingle White Female

Single White Female

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How can I allow myself to be changed (to become silent) for a world that will never love me back?

Because I could never be accepted for who I was instead of what I looked like, I desired even more to be accepted.

Woman, Native, Other

Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea and is the author of three  novels, THE HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD,  I'M NOT SAYING, I'M JUST SAYING,  and DISAPPEAR DOPPELGÄNGER DISAPPEAR: A NOVEL, as well as  CRAFT IN THE REAL WORLD. In 2015, Buzzfeed named him one of 32 essential Asian American writers. He teaches fiction writing and Asian American literature at Coe College.