Nineteen Cent Chicken

“Chicken was nineteen cents a pound,” says Aunt Mimi at our post-Thanksgiving lunch. “We would buy twenty pounds of it and fill our freezer. Then I had to cook it. Everyday we ate chicken –curry chicken, fried chicken, soy sauce chicken, garlic chicken, chicken soup…When we finally could afford to buy anything else, I didn’t […]

Home Sweet Chicago

Beijing was beautiful that day. The sky was a disconcerting blue, and the Blade Runner-esque skyscrapers were actually visible. The late summer sun formed streaks of sweat down our necks and a dryness in our throats. It glowed through the white curtains of the mercifully air conditioned expat apartment –professionally cleaned twice a week, I was […]

The Game

The Game: There were five classes a year. Grades were given every semester. Goal was to get the highest average. Regular classes counted for four points, Honors for five, AP for six. (Those were for A’s, of course. B’s were an integer lower, C’s lower than that. But if you had to worry about B’s […]