Cover Photo: A photo of Bruce Lee standing in front of a shrine with his arms crossed, a happy, approving, and serene smile is on his face. The subtitle says: "Just thinkin' about revolutionizing martial arts stuff."
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What Bruce Lee’s Films Taught Me About Writing My Mother’s Voice

I know by worrying about a room of mostly white readers I undermine myself, but it’s become instinct. And, honestly, I just get tired.

It’s nighttime in Taipei. Blinking store signs linger in my vision as spots and blurs. My mom drives a little too fast and jagged, making me car sick. I try to hide it and my mom tries even harder to talk to me. “Okay,” she says, “Pronounce it again for me.”

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The Green Hornet

Bruce Lee on the set of a movie, weaving an act of translation into his performance, is what I imagine now while writing about my mom.

The Green Hornet

Pierre Berton

Isabelle was raised in Taipei and Toronto, but is now based mostly in New York. She’s an undergrad at The New School and a recent VONA alum.