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The Identity that Immigration Built

by Jhanvi Ramaiya

We are pleased to announce that the So to Speak Blog’s Immigration Limited Series is now open for submissions. Please read our submission guidelines and submit your pieces on Submittable.

To introduce the series, here is a letter about coming to a new country and finding a place to call home, written by So to Speak‘s very own Nonfiction Editor, Jhanvi Ramaiya.

 

My first view of …

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Nonfiction,Online Issues,Spring 2016

Under My Bed

Jody Keisner

If people always knew when intruders had broken into their homes, no one would ever die this way. I grab a chef’s knife, the knife that slices through raw chicken, bone and flesh, and return to the living room where the moth persists at the lamp. There’s only one way to be sure. I’ll have to check.

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Nonfiction,Online Issues,Spring 2016

The Great Depression

Joyce Wilson Young

Perhaps because of the housing boom and bust of the early 21st century, American society is now more aware of the “near poor” or people who are just getting by. But when I was a teenager, normal-looking actually meant “just like everyone else.” No one knew I was hungry and poor.

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Nonfiction,Online Issues,Spring 2016

Mrs. Blunt’s Bequest

Barbara Stowe

Ruth had always said that when she was too enfeebled to live independently, she’d “off” herself, as she put it with characteristic candor. A Right-to-Die advocate for decades, she was now bequeathing possessions. That’s what people did when they were going to do themselves in. Ruth would have been proud of me for putting it that way, for not resorting to a more comfortable euphemism.

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