A bowl of phở with chopsticks on a wooden table.
By Guest Contributor: Nam Le
“It’s pronounced phở, not fuh.”
It is a joyless sentence to say, if I am ever saying it at all.
My first language is a rusty hand-me-down — the kind of thing I am shy to show in public, because it always has to be wrangled out of my pockets awkwardly. But it does work; and on this occasion, it strains and reaches for the last inflection —a balloon rising out of the throat —then sticks the landing.
The distinction does not register.
“I don’t get it. I’m saying what you’re saying. Fuh.”
“You know what? It’s fine. Let’s just go eat.”
I leave the rest of what I am thinking unsaid—because it has to be.
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A commemorative coin issued to mark today's summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
By Guest Contributor: Ju-Hyun Park (@Hermit_Hwarang)
A month ago, I woke up to news I thought I might never hear in my lifetime: the leaders of North and South Korea had, after meeting at an historic summit in Panmunjom at the DMZ, announced their intention to formally end the Korean War and lay plans for reunification.
I accomplished nothing I’d intended to that morning. I called my mother and sister to talk about the news. I read and reread the declaration and watched whatever clips I could find. I celebrated and speculated over group chat with Korean friends. And, I cried. A lot.
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