Cover Photo: A close-up for two women's faces, focusing on their eyes, which are identical in color.
Photograph by Soroush Karimi/Unsplash

One Sister Sees X, the Other Sees Y

There are times I envy art’s effectiveness in a bilingual context, its ability to transcend language.

Ways of Seeing

Remember, your daddy can see everything

A colorful illustration of the Tseng sisters as adults, gazing at the reader in front of a yellow background.
An illustration of the Tseng sisters by Amanda Tseng

One eye sees, the other feels

Family Lexicon

closed system

I see just fine without you, thanks.


The eye you see is not/an eye because you see it;/it is an eye because it sees you.

A bright illustration of two women looking through a cramped space in the attic of a small house, surrounded by branches holding oranges.

the only one who can see

Did someone die? Are you trying to kill me?

You spoke 100% in Chinese! 100%!100% in Chinese

One sister sees , the other sees .

Jennifer Tseng is the author of three award-winning poetry collections; a collection of flash fiction, The Passion of Woo & Isolde, a Firecracker Award finalist & winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award; and a novel, Mayumi & the Sea of Happiness, finalist for the PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction & the New England Book Award. A Core Faculty member of OSU-Cascades' Low Residency MFA program, she lives on Martha's Vineyard. 

Jennifer & her sister Amanda collaborate on Instagram @tseng.sisters.