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The other day, I wore a black button down shirt. It was quite simple, with no extra embroidery or anything, just an ordinary black button down. Well, maybe there’s one exception. My buttons were on the left side. Yep, that’s right folks. I wore a men's black button down shirt.

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When the Motherland

Finds Home in

Your mouths,

My heart Beats

as fast

as You Speak.

I Hear

the Sun

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PART 1

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“Paris, Je t’aime.” 

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সুবর্ণা; the color of gold. In Bengali, my mother tongue, pronounced: shoo-born-ah. The name given to me by my parents, recent immigrants to the Western Hemisphere, lovingly gazing down at their firstborn child in this new world.

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My tears flow like yours

As does my blood when you cut me

Tearing the color off my skin

Slicing the culture off my clothes

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In the opening scenes of “Always Be My Maybe,” Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) makes herself a lonely dinner. But soon, she leaves for her best friend Marcus’s (Randall Park) house, where his mom makes kimchi jjigae, the classic, spicy stew brimming with kimchi, tofu and more.

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When I was five years old, I found myself on a muddy, cold football field. I was in kindergarten playing flag football in Saginaw, Michigan. I was the only girl.