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My Korean Mother Doesn’t Understand My American Success

She sacrificed to give me a better life, but it’s not the one she expected

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“O“Omma, do you know who Oprah Winfrey is?” I asked my mom one day as we sat in her kitchen. In front of us were bowls filled with rice, fried fish, and various Korean side dishes. “You know, the Black lady who used to have a talk show on TV?”

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Kimberly Lawson

Kimberly Lawson

Kimberly Lawson is a former altweekly newspaper editor turned freelance writer. Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, VICE, more. kim-lawson.com