Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Monday, November 21, 2016

Accent Tanka

my young friend
now speaks English
without an accent ...
the wulong tea I drink
tasting so bitter

Ribbons, 12:3, Fall 2016

(Note: Chinese-American award-winning writer Ha Jin emphasized in the Powells interview with Dave Weich, “[dealing] with the question of language is at the core of the immigrant experience: how to learn the language–or give up learning the language!–but without the absolute mastery of the language, which is impossible for an immigrant. Your life is always affected by the insufficiency.”)