what does it mean to be chinese?



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This was the first serious piece of writing I ever did outside of school, and some of my early forays into graphic design.

I wrote this while spending a summer in China,  interviewing and eavesdropping and taking notes on everything.

Scenes include:

- a poster of Dwayne Wade

- a self-deprecating slogan on a bumper sticker

- an old woman at a kitchen table

- a young woman in a hospital bed

- watching, through a window, a neighbor's little daughter get beat 

- standing up in the back of a pickup truck going 100 mph down an empty desert highway


I was thinking a lot about happiness, writing, race, and familial relationships/obligations during this time, so that definitely colored the questions I was asking people and the things I was noticing. I was still pretty moved by what I was seeing, though. 


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