When I was in grade school, I would accompany my father to the mountains. He was kind of like your mom – very active and constantly changing. Every morning he had to go out and work a few hours. Every three months he had to rearrange his entire room. When we went to the mountains we… Continue reading The Only Compliment
I had a job to grocery shop for the family. And in China back then, grocery shopping was a huge task. Not a once a week kind of thing; it was every single day. I would buy vegetables, things like that. Basically grandma would tell me what to buy for the day and I would… Continue reading The Slaughterhouse
Before I was 15 years old, there was no college so there was no point studying, you know what I mean? So I did my homework, whatever school required. I would do it but that was it. In English class, we were just learning political slogans: “Give up your gun!” “Surrender to us!” “Long live Chairman… Continue reading Down with the United States!
One problem with your grandpa was he had tantrums. When he got upset, he couldn’t control it. It never happened to me and my siblings; his tantrums were always with your grandma. He would get really upset, literally like, hurt himself upset. We were scared of that because he had high hypertension. And when you… Continue reading Yeye’s Temper
My sister and I climbed a big tree on campus because, you know, we lived on campus of my father’s high school. Grandpa was the school principal, so as a family we lived in the faculty quarters of the school. So one time we climbed this big tree and I fell. I fell from the… Continue reading A Tree and Two Oranges
I was in the field and I needed to use the bathroom and I was racing through this – what do you call that little row in the rice paddle field? Rice paddle? Paddle. p-a-d-d-l-e? Yeah the rice field, whatever you call it. If you don’t know how to say it, I don’t either. Rice… Continue reading Nanny