THOUGH I GET HOME author YZ Chin pens personal essay for The Riveter

Via The Riveter:

America was not my first choice.

At seventeen, I was given a privilege of choosing the country in which I would spend my next few years. This was courtesy of a scholarship to support bright young Malaysians who would pursue college degrees in countries with reputations for superior higher education.

My first choice was New Zealand. I had an image of self-sufficient people living on grassy, windy cliffs, keeping sheep for friends. It seemed perfect for a loner, a depressed teenager trying to read and write my way out of my teenage despair. Australia was my second choice for its proximity. For my third and last choice, I put down America because my birthday is on the Fourth of July.

That is how I came to America...

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Though I Get Home

YZ Chin
Interlinked stories trace postcolonial memory and political dissidence across the globe.

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