The third and final discussion of The Year of Finding Memory by Judy Fong Bates is up now! Jessica shares her thoughts and insights - a beautiful way to wrap up this month!
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Allow me to romanticize.
Bring me to the small Alberta towns (Stavely, maybe?) and sit with me in the quiet dark and eat the small-town Chinese food.
Chinese Cafés are immortal and gone away.
I am a Manitoban body, with ruddy skin red around the nose, hands that remember the earth, a tongue that recalls a Slavic language like an embrace imagined from old love stories.
But I have an Albertan soul.
So let’s go through the fields, out of Edmonton, beyond Red Deer, because I have spent too long longing for some ties to my distant Ukrainian roots, too long imagining another narrative.
There is an Albertan culture and I want to discover it for myself. I want to enter the prairie and sit, eat the Chinese, Japanese, Ukrainian food so that I might be.
I don’t mean to misappropriate. Tell me your history. My spirit was an immigrant too.