Emily Yang

narrative #2 accents

accents that mark

the implications of intonations

When my Taiwanese parents say my English name, each syllable lands with an abrupt thud, punched out like three decisive raps on a door: EH-muh-lee. My brother’s name, “Vincent,” slides off their tongues as “VING-sun!”, invariably punctuated by an exclamation mark and a high-pitched lilt. At the summer camp where my brother and I taught…

Narrative Article

narrativizing the self

merits, pitfalls, and non-conclusions

Just over a year ago, my friend S was diagnosed with: bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa.         S’s eyes glossed over the list once, twice, thrice. She held the letters in her palm, pressed them into her skin to see what would happen. She watched as they sunk into…