Cynthia Yee, Yee Li Hing, 余麗馨 March 2021 1958 Boston Chinatown I had to go to the Kwong Kow Chinese School after American School every afternoon for three hours, and every Saturday morning, too. Three days earlier, I’d quit. I hadn’t told anybody, not my Dad, not my teachers, and certainly not MaMa. I’d just … Continue reading Duck


Arc February 8, 2019 by Cynthia Yee Previously published in Boston Art Review. Issue 03 I began life on the streets of Boston’s Chinatown, mazes useful for evading enforcers of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.  The Act barred Chinese from immigrating, becoming citizens, and intermarrying.  Repealed in 1943, its effects linger.  I am the … Continue reading Arc


by Cynthia YeeRRRrrrr…rrrr… The humming came from the top of the summit, rrrrrrrrRRrrrrrr…. rrrrrrr... rrrrr…, the soundtrack of my seven years of life, MaMa's constant heartbeat, MaMa's sweet lullaby, MaMa's comfort signal, trailing down, calling me home. I faced the steep mountain, its wide bannister worn shiny and smooth, perfect for mounting and gliding down. … Continue reading Sky