Jasmine Cui is 17 years old and is majoring in Political Science, Economics, and Violin Performance at SUNY Geneseo. She aspires to be like her parents who are first-generation Americans that fought an extraordinary battle for their place in this country.

December 28, 2016

Jasmine Cui


America, sterile. I am Boston born, but lineage is chronicled karyotypically. The body is 46 chromosomes. I am grandmother folded into mother folded into me. Rice paper, twisted into translucent swans. I am embolism, hidden in radial artery as my father learns how to dissect a heart and stitch it back together with zip ties and dental floss. Knuckles wrenched into ampersands. Shanghai sunset flush across the face. Syllabic stutters I mistook for suffocation.

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