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A Writing Prompt for Mandarin Speakers

Are you a bilingual writer? Try this prompt from Catapult instructor and poet Chen Chen.

Write a poem (or story, or essay, or . . . ) in which you open up this memory of 疼 to your present associations with the word, its sound, its written character, its uses and meanings. Look up the etymology; fall into the etymology. Do you use another Chinese dialect/language? Is 疼 pronounced differently in that dialect/language? Does the different sound lead to a different feeling for you? Write from someone telling you they 疼 you and toward you telling someone you 疼 them. Use as much English and as much Mandarin/other form of Chinese as you need. Write out of and into this aching yet strong kind of love.


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