Courtney Han

 

Courtney Han was born in Beijing and moved to the US when she was five. She now lives in Boston, where studies international development at the Harvard Kennedy School

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Roots and Leaves

A journey back to origins – by Courtney Han

 

Six of us were driving to my dad’s hometown. My eldest cousin, age forty-five, was at the wheel of his new Audi. I sat in the front seat, with three cousins and my five-year-old niece in the back. The car was brimming with opinions. My youngest cousin recently turned down a potential suitor that my Fifth Cousin’s husband found in his danwei. Her rejection was subject to intense debate. Family doesn’t let you get away with anything.

“But he’s a bad singer,” she protested. “What if we’re invited to karaoke? He’ll embarrass me.”

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