Chenou Liu

A Tanka About Immigrants - Poem by Chenou Liu

the 6th tanka in the sequence, Politics/Poetics of Re-Homing

red question mark
added to the title
of my last essay,
We Are All Immigrants:
The Past as a Foreign Country

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Note: Based on the principles of progression and association employed in Japanese court poetry (for more information, see 'To the Lighthouse: Principles of Progression and Association in Tanka Sequences, ' http: // , Politics/Poetics of Re-Homing is the first English language tanka sequence about diasporic experiences. In the sequence, I adopt an intersectional approach to exploring a wide range of issues related to immigration, English learning, racialized identity, racism, job seeking, colonization, acculturation,...etc. You can read the whole sequence, http: //

Comments about A Tanka About Immigrants by Chenou Liu

  • Wuji Shiu (9/22/2013 3:59:00 PM)

    Flawless concept to this, really powerful, I admire your ability to transcend barriers in all I have read of you. Dating somebody from Taiwan who is still working on her English, I can relate to immigration to Canada, while myself living many years in India, culture shock is something very familiar to me. You are extremely talented. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 5, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, September 6, 2013

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