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The Foundation of Friendship

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The crowd erupted in triumphant noise. Cheers and cries rose from every parent as they saw their child walking into the auditorium, about to graduate Rego Park Elementary School. Unlike my 5th-grade classmates, a feeling of happiness and ecstasy did not rain on me when my name was called.  My parents were not present; they […]

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The Privilege of Telling My Side of the Story

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My younger brother and I grinned at each other from the back seat of my grandpa‚Äôs Jeep: We were making a rare trip to Burger King. I was 11. We had been living in the United States for four years after emigrating from South Korea, and most of the time, my mom preferred that we […]

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