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The Pain of Losing Your First Language

What else did I lose to assimilate?

Nei hou?Ngo gong siu siu gongdongwa

Why do I have to be so Chinese?



How old are you now?

What if we’d never stopped talking? Who would I have been? What would we have shared? What stories could she have told me?

A dollar!yàuhjagwái

HaSounds like something my grandma would have said.

Can anyone else hear this?

Maybe I can learn it again

laalaaauhuh What are you doing?


What are you doing?