Love and Silence in Asian America
If the world responds to our silence and not to our love, then it teaches us that silence is a condition of our development.
This Bridge Called My Back, Aiiieeeee!
You were taught to be the quiet one if you wanted a place
You chose the stereotype because it gave you an identity
Ugly FeelingsSingle White Female
Single White Female
How can I allow myself to be changed (to become silent) for a world that will never love me back?
Because I could never be accepted for who I was instead of what I looked like, I desired even more to be accepted.
Woman, Native, Other
Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea and is the author of three novels, THE HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD, I'M NOT SAYING, I'M JUST SAYING, and DISAPPEAR DOPPELGÄNGER DISAPPEAR: A NOVEL, as well as CRAFT IN THE REAL WORLD. In 2015, Buzzfeed named him one of 32 essential Asian American writers. He teaches fiction writing and Asian American literature at Coe College.
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