In Mountain View, a group of Chinese parents learn to use the democratic process to prevent the opening of marijuana stores. For a population oft criticized for their political inaction, what is the price of speaking out, and who will listen?
Here’s another one I wrote! Reflecting on my relationship with my parents’ language, especially through those teen years of motivated rebellion/rejection and then college, when I re-evaluated who I wanted to be based on the cultures that made me–an arc that I think many children of immigrants will identify with.
My story “Red Mask,” which is my favorite that I’ve written up to date, about a serial killer who steals women’s faces in a retro-futuristic Shanghai, is the March cover story at Shimmer Magazine! You can read it here: http://www.shimmerzine.com/red-mask-by-jessica-may-lin/
At the age of 65, my grandma left her job as a surgeon in the #1
hospital in China to come to the U.S. with barely any knowledge of
English to raise me me while my parents finished grad school.
Re-starting from scratch as a gas station cashier/ dim sum restaurant
cart pusher, she built a new career using a synthesis of Western
medical theory and traditional Chinese medicine to help couples who
couldn’t conceive. Twenty years and ~300 successful births later (and
a number of humorous cross-cultural misadventures and one
near-arrest), grandma has finally “retired.” This is her story, as seen through my child eyes and my now eyes.
This was the last journey I took in China–one that I thought about for a long time but lacked the courage to go on until my last month. Xinjiang is a beautiful place, a silk road hub that’s historically been the crossroads of multiple religions and ethnicities, and it’s a very controversial place in China right now. There is a lot of stigma against Uyghurs and the region. I had been told since pretty much my first week in China to stay away because it was “dangerous.” But how much of that is muddled information, how much truth, and what’s life like for the 40% Han Chinese population in the region?
Read the story here:
You can download it here! http://keithstevenson.com/CDLblog/dimension6/
That world, of sequins and sweat, where bruises are badges and the goal is to fly. The one I call my second home: