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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...
“You are fake news.” On January 11th, 2017, those words—directed at CNN reporter Jim Acosta—from then-President-elect Donald Trump were meant to chastise not only the reporter himself, but his entire organization, and, in a larger sense, the profession and a free press. Unless you were living under a rock, you heard this quote in one way or the other, and it had a rippling effect. For most, it was an incoming-president’s further attempt to...
This year, as National Poetry Month coincides with Trump’s first 100 days, Brooklyn Magazine talked to Brooklyn-based poet Candace Williams about activism in the literary arts, the artists and activists who are currently most vulnerable, and whether the election sparked a new shift in her work. (Hint: it didn’t.) Williams’s work has appeared in Hyperallergic, Lambda Literary Review, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Oftentimes, her poetic themes reflect economics, intersecting identities, and how moments in history...
Jared Kushner, who not-too-long ago was just the publisher of the New York Observer and a real estate guy (and someone I would walk past outside of the 92Y on my way to the train), has recently become one of the most powerful and influential people in the world, as a top advisor to his father-in-law, the empty-headed bag of Cheetos that has somehow inexplicably become the most powerful figure in the world. It seems like lately, between spending...

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