For a Daughter of Immigrants, American Soil Offers Plenty to Forage

How I learned to break through the green wall

Vanessa Hua
ZORA

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Wild fennel in San Francisco, California. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

As my family tromped through the hills east of Berkeley, green with abundance, I spotted the disk of a leaf, perched on a slender stem, delicate as a lady’s parasol: miner’s lettuce?

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Vanessa Hua
ZORA

Author, A RIVER OF STARS and DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES