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Catherine Chung

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Catherine Chung lives in New York, where she is working on a new novel and a collection of essays. She can often be found eating ice cream, petting other people's dogs, or wandering around with her nose in a book.

Two years ago, when a magazine named me one of five Brooklyn writers to look out for, I was thrilled and gratified, but troubled by just one thing: I didn’t live in Brooklyn, and never had.

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“My mother did not want to go to America: this much I knew. I knew it by the way she became distracted and impatient with my sister, by the way she stopped tucking us into bed at night. I knew it from watching her feet, which began to shuffle after my father announced the move, as though they threw down invisible roots that needed to be pulled out with each step.”
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“It was just regular growing up, of course, the kind everyone does - but it still hurt him, I know, like the memory I have of the time he dropped me off at the train station when I was going back to Chicago. I could see him through the window of the train, but he couldn't see me through the tinted glass.

I waved, trying to get his attention as he walked up and down the platform trying to figure out where I was sitting. From up in the train, he looked so small. If he'd seen me, he would have smiled and waved, but he didn't know I could see him, and the sadness on his face was exposed to me then. He looked lost. He stood there on the platform a long time, even after my train started pulling away, still trying to catch a glimpse of me waving back.”
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James Dante Thanks for the add! For obvious reasons, I try to read as much as I can about Korea.


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