Issue #48 | Oct 01, 2016

American Dream

THE TWO-CAR GARAGE of my three-bedroom condo only had enough space to fit one car. What took up space wasn't the random assortment of furniture, knick-knacks, and kitchen appliances I had slowly accumulated over years of living at that place. It was the cardboard boxes that these things came in.
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Cover illustration by Terry Yang
A Generation of Poets
BY HEIDI Dixon KWON

I WAS CRYING in the corner of my new kitchen when my mom called. "Hi Umma," I say in the brightest voice I could muster, tightening my vocal chords to curb them from shaking.

When I Found Out We Were White
BY JOYCE DEL ROSARIO

I HAD THE STORY all wrong. I used to say it as a point of pride: "I'm of African American descent from the South." In reality, I am a Filipino American from Seattle.

Awoken From the Asian American Dream
By Russell Jeung

LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL in San Francisco is an academic magnet school that attracts the best students in the city. From the class of 1980, my classmates included a Nobel Prize winner, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and an internationally best-selling author.

Brand Americana
The Trap and Trappings of the American Dream
BY BEVERLY LWENYA

I WAS DISMAYED when my parents first told me that we'd be leaving our brownstone home in London for a small, two-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles. I was a Kenyan girl with a British accent.

Digging for Roots
Finding Family in the Deep South
BY NAOMI LEE WITH BALDWIN CHIU AND LARISSA LAM

“GOD IS GOOD” Charles spoke softly, as Baldwin stood there watching his 76-year-old father's eyes fill with tears. "God is good." Charles held in his hands a Bible that was owned by his father — Baldwin's grandfather — a man who had left his family in China to work in America.

Home is Where the Hospitality Is
BY PAULINE CHEN FONG

WE USED TO own a house. Not an apartment, not a condo, but a three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in the Bay Area with a beautiful, spacious yard.

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