naomi ling (United States) published:
In Chinese, we repeat words over and over. For example:『吃饭饭』¹，an auntie or elder would coo to a child;『加一点点』²，when measuring out teaspoons of spices, or the phrase I grow to love the most: 『爱爱我，吧』³。Love me, twice over.
We don’t always appreciate what we don’t understand. In the first home video I find on my father’s grainy Nikon, I am thirteen. Mother and daughter head-to-head in the kitchen, both faces blurry and contorted. The daughter saying, “Why? Mom, why do you...
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