Lunar New Year Card

“Dear Daddy:  Your daughter wishes you a happy Lunar New Year!”  This photo of me with its special message was mailed from Taiwan to my father in the United States where he was in graduate school.  My mother had to care for my younger brother and me alone in Taiwan for three years before being able to bring us to America to join our father.  Many 1.5-generation Chinese-Americans like me have a similar life story of initial separation, then immigration, and finally reunification.  Postal systems provided the communication link that bridged the physical distance and lessened the loneliness.  Today, when instant messaging is a favorite means of communication, the thought of a piece of mail taking weeks to reach its destination is incomprehensible to many.  But I am deeply grateful that because of “snail mail,” I have this treasured memento of a special bond between a father and his daughter.  

– Lily Liu, Translator of essays of contemporary Chinese women writers

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