Tag Archives: English


I have four languages besides English, all of which are broken.

For Pete Hoekstra.

Rice paddies and broken English? You need a bigger advertising budget. Spend it now!


You are my first language, not my mother(’s) tongue.

Dialogue with Pakistani friend.

A: Sometimes I can’t believe you speak English. B: Sometimes I have the same reaction looking in the mirror. 

The chance intersection of biography and history.

If my father had not been an enemy of the KMT, perhaps I would not be responding to an English name after all.