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What’s Foreign and Familiar: Part I

2015/7/21 — 10:39

【Text by Yuen Sin】

Writer Yuen Sin reflects on a childhood and adulthood spent finding herself between languages

“What is the Burmese word for cockroach (kar-chwa)?”

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Auntie Moe Moe interrogated in a mixture of Mandarin and Hokkien dialect. My brother glanced at me haplessly as I rummaged through the repository of my memory, biting my lips as my live-in domestic helper, nanny, and aunt tapped her feet impatiently.

There it was. “Po heart.”

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The romanization under my childish scrawl appeared in my head, and I triumphantly recited the two syllables hiding beneath my tongue.

 

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