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My Father, Bàba, in Proverbs

Remembering our roots

Illustration by Carmen Johns

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人不可忘本。
One should not forget one’s roots.

My father, Bàba 爸爸, is an electrical engineer by training, a precise man who wore neatly pressed suits and silk ties to work for thirty years at a phone company. He taught me, an only child, to be careful and methodical. Read manuals first and always…

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Jen Soong

Jen Soong

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