Lim, Shirley Geok-Lin
Born in Malacca, Malaysia in 1944, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim was raised by her Chinese father and emigrated to the U.S. as a young woman. The author of several books of poetry, short stories and criticism, Lim is an emeritus professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In "Learning to Love America" she explores what it means to develop an attachment to an adopted country, comparing such attachments to the bond between parents and children. This poem could launch and frame conversations about citizenship, patriotism, ethnicity and identity.
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What the Fortune Teller Didn't Say by Shirley Geok-Lin Lim. West End Press, 1998.
Reading - Short Enough to Read Aloud.