by Jocelyn A. Chin
I watched the film this spring with my whole family: the television became to us a mirror reflecting dreams of digging through the finest dirt, breathing the driest air, fighting our love at night, wasting water, praying harder, hating our grandmothers because they do not smell like America, giving thanks to the snake on the open log making visible the danger we hold ourselves. Ai. Are you a father, or a farmer? Are you Asian, or American? Are we healed, or have our hearts been broken? Mountain Dew was Mom’s favorite drink when she moved here, too. ____
Jocelyn A. Chin is a current undergraduate student at Duke University who is happiest when reading a novel in a hammock flooded with afternoon sunlight. When not at school studying public policy and creative writing, she lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her beautiful family and the best dog in the whole world. Jocelyn finds that her writing oftentimes leads her back to nature, into the lives of others, and closer towards home.