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Ajumma in America

May 20th, 2013 by Yu Sun Chin | No Comments

Ajumma in America

One sunny weekday when I was in sixth grade, a series of impatient knocks shook our front door. My mom…


Finding a Voice: A Taiwanese family adapts to America

May 20th, 2013 by Diane Tsai | No Comments

Finding a Voice: A Taiwanese family adapts to America

It was the first day of second grade. My older sister Linda, then eight years old, was wearing a blouse…


Understanding a Friend

May 20th, 2013 by Ellen Garrison | No Comments

Understanding a Friend

I first met Amy Jiang in Mrs. Portman’s seventh grade math class. Spring is hot in Reading, Massachusetts and sweat…


The classroom and its small scope

November 4th, 2012 by Enrique Perez | No Comments

The classroom and its small scope

Ms. Tserkovnyuk had been through a lot in life and had experienced the Cold War from both fronts. My class, me included, had only known our small world within that school and the goal mostly of trying to get to the end of the day.


Not just any letter in purple ink

October 29th, 2012 by Lissette Rodriguez | No Comments

Not just any letter in purple ink

I realize it isn’t just any letter. It marks my transition from a mere first generation Mexican-American girl to the ranks of the small minority of Latinas who make it to college.


A very strange phone interview

April 25th, 2012 by Stephen Boyle | No Comments

A very strange phone interview

Smalcerz chose to answer my questions in English, but his native language is Polish. His first answer is so fragmented that I can’t understand it.


Friends of a second language

April 24th, 2012 by Jaclyn Skurie | No Comments

Friends of a second language

We read a Tale of Two Cities, and he revealed to me the best and worst times of his own life, a life far too eventful for someone of his age. Tomas told me about his trip to the U.S. and how he had mangled his hand in a fence.




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