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Jade Keller is half-Thai, born and raised in the United States. Upon completing a doctorate in Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2010, she moved to northern Thailand, where she now works with an NGO to combat the trafficking of children into sexual servitude. Keller has contributed to the anthology Voices of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience, eds. Sang Chi & Emily Moburg Robinson. Her writing on Thailand and on her experience working with an anti-trafficking organization has appeared on TheKitchn.com, Matador Network, and Chiang Mai CityLife News. She lives with her husband, son, and dog, spends her free time traveling, baking, taking photos, and writing novels. She blogs regularly at ...more

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Jade Keller I was in a thrift store in the Bay Area (of San Francisco, CA) when I came across a stack of old vintage suitcases. I stumbled across this beautiful…moreI was in a thrift store in the Bay Area (of San Francisco, CA) when I came across a stack of old vintage suitcases. I stumbled across this beautiful old yellow suitcase that still had its owner's and United Airlines tags on it--I'm guessing from as early as the 1960s or 1970s. There were tons of old suitcases but that one called to me, and it seemed to be begging to have its story told. I knew right away I'd have to write about it. However, this particular story came out of a question that had been eating away at me for years. I don't think I articulated it clearly to myself right at the beginning, but as I wrote, it became clearer to me that what I was really trying to figure out was: what makes the difference between a victim and a survivor? Trauma, abuse, and betrayal affects people in such similar, yet such widely varying ways. Some people are damaged for life; others suffer unspeakable horrors and refuse to let it define or deter them. What distinguishes one from the other? That's what I set out to explore in the relationship between the two sisters, Ae Lin and Nok, in my story, The Yellow Suitcase.(less)
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The Yellow Suitcase

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The Yellow Suitcase: A Novel

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“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.”
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“Some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. Some things are so sad that only your soul can do the crying for them.”
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Brené Brown
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
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Rainer Maria Rilke
“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
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“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
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