"“Asian-American’’ is a mostly meaningless term. Nobody grows up speaking Asian-American, nobody sits down to Asian-American food with their Asian-American parents and nobody goes on pilgrimages back to their motherland of Asian-America... Discrimination is what really binds Asian-Americans together." •
Thanks to David Carthas and @nytmag for the chance to learn more about Michael Deng and contribute supporting images to this story about a young man whose life, death and identity are lucidly explored by Jay Kang in last week's cover. •
I went to his home in Queens, some of the places he hung out in downtown Flushing, playing handball and magic cards with his friends, and to where he met his end in the Poconos, PA, a serene setting with an unhappy ending.