Emma is a Cantonese-American writer who loves freeform poetry. Through the Storyteller position at Dear Asian Youth, she aspires to broaden the narrative around Asian culture along with her fellow writers. She is an avid fan of track and field, painting, good music (of any genre), and oatmeal.
Dirge for an Immigrant
A poem about the constant burning of California's (and elsewhere's) Chinatowns. From Antioch (1876) to San Jose (1887) to Santa Ana (1906), Chinatown has been under siege on a horrific, repeating cycle. I want to showcase how upset I was that this history was not addressed nor "apologized" for until nearly a century and a half later. I really want more people to be aware of Chinatown's history and how it's been so impacted by white supremacy in the governing/laws that allowed this destruction to occur.