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My parents arrived in America in the 1980s. They emigrated from China—godless, chaotic, Communist China—a place that was reeling from decades of turmoil, struggling to orient itself after the death of a leader who loomed larger than God. They’d least expect to encounter characteristics of that China in their new home, in one of the world’s most developed countries, nearly three decades later. Both my mother and my father came of age in Shanghai during...
“My hands are full when you give me your hand.” – Edmond Jabes, The Book of Questions: Vol II It’s 2001. A greasy slice of pizza falls onto the kitchen floor of my grandfather’s Chinese restaurant in Queens. Without pause, my grandfather, who I call A-yeh, picks it up and takes a bite. My wide, flat nose—identical to his own—scrunches up in disapproval. That’s gross, I think to myself. “When I was nine we were homeless...
Bitter Money Directed by Wang Bing February 23, 6:30pm at Film Comment Selects Dramatizing the plight of the masses is a tough trick. A lack of discernible individuals bores audiences and threatens to turn victims into statistics, but too much focus on individuals means they fail to convincingly and effectively stand for more than themselves. It’s a shame, then, that one of the few directors able to consistently strike the balance is so rarely screened in the...
It’s easy to slip into a vicious cycle of comparing and despairing once summer rolls around, and you remain a constant in your cubicle while friends barrage you with accounts of their exotic vacations and adventures. But it’s important to remember that you could do a whole lot worse than being a compulsory captive in Brooklyn, where just by walking down an avenue or two, you can find yourself in Poland—i.e., Greenpoint—feasting on kielbasa...

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