“I’m so glad to read your stories. My parents don’t want to talk about their suffering.” -Second-generation Chinese-American audience member

“I was so surprised when I finally saw the American proletariat. They weren’t in rags — they were better dressed than us. And they were fat! We thought we were saving you!” -Min

“When Mao died, did you celebrate?” -Audience member
“No, we pretend-cried.” -Min

“It’s not the hardship that I fear, it’s the permanence.” -Min

“To what do you attribute your survival?” -Armbruster
“The American Dream for me was getting citizenship, and being allowed to compete.” -Min

“You wrote that American youth suffer from a lack of deprivation.” -Armbruster
“Some writers have a weak muscle because their lives are so sweet. As a writer, I couldn’t have asked for better material [than my life].” -Min

“What kept me going was that I had no way out. And I wanted to prove myself.” -Min

“You watched Sesame Street to learn English?” -Armbruster
“Yes. I was 27.” -Min
“I’ve watched Everybody Loves Raymond since I was nine.” -Audience member with perfect English

“In my best moments, I felt like I was writing [my book in] Chinese. English to me is like music.” -Min

“For immigrants, it’s a crushing loneliness that tears your soul apart. You feel sick and ill and madness. It’s a sense of hopelessness and shame. But you struggle on for your family at home.” -Min