Living Somewhere Else: Wang Dan
A few weeks after my interview with Shen Tong, I was once again in New York City. This time I was not in Manhattan, but in Queens. Walking among the crowd I heard the sounds of different Chinese dialects, saw innumerable signs marking Chinese stores, and smelled the aromas wafting from Chinese restaurants. This New York street could have been in China—but somehow, similar smells, sights, tastes, and sounds are not enough to give us the feeling of being home. Instead, they reinforce our sense of homesickness. This is especially true for the person I was meeting that day: Wang Dan.
KeywordsChinese Student Cultural Revolution Public Security Childhood Memory Political Prisoner
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