This is my Mother 
Liz Jang – Brooklyn, NY
This is my mother when she’s not pretending in front of the camera.

She emigrated to the States to escape a psychopathic husband and oppressive social attitudes, boarding the plane with practically nothing but a fanny pack full of cash sewed to her stomach and her twin children clamped to either arm.

You should see her smile. It is gorgeous and luminous. It is my favorite thing about both her face and mine.

But she is deceptive with all her smiling. America is hard for her. 

People say I only look like my mother when we’re smiling. But I do not know genuine how my own smile would be if my mother wasn’t brave enough to come here.

My mother knows this. She is the most patriotic person I know.

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