Monthly Archives: November 2012

What it’s like to be an immigrant

The majority of my ancestors immigrated to the U.S. in the 20th century. There are a few roots I’ve had trouble tracing and possibly a bit of native ancestry via my maternal grandmother (who was born in Puerto Rico) but … Continue reading

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The Toastmaster’s Mother: A Tale of Mandarin in Georgia

“Teach me a curse in Chinese,” I said. It was at a house party, generously hosted by a friend of mine who had lived in China for several years, and one of his guests there was a friend who he … Continue reading

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Water, Power, and a Birthday

People in New York are outraged over something to do with electricity. Yawn. My wife used to study English by candlelight. Her brother used to carry a barrel of water up six flights of stairs so the family could wash … Continue reading

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