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The Aroma of Home Food Made My Mind Hallucinate

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I arrived in New York City when I was 6 years old. We migrated to the U.S. because the education system here is far superior to what’s available in my home country, Myanmar. When our plane first hovered over NYC the passengers clapped. Some even cried tears of joy. At the airport, the first thing […]

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Reunion Is Only the Beginning

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The cold and quiet Bangladesh airport filled with my loud cries as I was taken away from my loving mom’s arms and placed into those of a tense and muscular man. I was 4 years old, and his arms felt unfamiliar even though he was my dad. I couldn’t stop crying, yearning for my mom […]

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Dancing With the Bollywood Stars 

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In the 4th grade, I attended a Bollywood dance class for the first time. My mom had signed me up, and the goal was for me to do something outside of my school and home life. “Physical activity is good for you! It’s good to have outside activities,” she would say.  To my surprise, class […]

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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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