Summers were once my own.
Now I spend them
Chasing someone else’s dreams
To fulfill unspoken obligations…

Unspoken obligations which bind me
Like the feet of my ancestors
Back in my homeland China.

“Become a doctor,” they say,
As if there is no alternative.

But didn’t they come to America,
The land of the free,
In the pursuit of liberty?

Liberty’s served best with a side of hypocrisy.

by Azure Gao & Ayushee Roy


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