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Mother: A Dictionary

I look at my reflection in the mirror and repeat a mantra: “I am not my mother. I am not my mother.”

Illustration by Alison Underwood

1. 媽 mā — mother. If you pronounce mother in a slightly different tone in Chinese, the word becomes 罵 mà, which means to scold or to curse. To me, they represent the same thing.

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Jen Soong

Jen Soong

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NorCal writer + VONA fellow. Published in WaPo, NYT + GAY. Memoir-in-progress about family ties, depression and the silences we learn to break. www.jensoong.com