Helen Zia Tells Us Her Dreams

Our Daily Lives page present excerpts of women’s autobiographies, essays,letters, journals, diaries, oral histories and testimony with the hopes ourreaders will respond to the authentic emotions and ideas, see a connectionto their own lives, and write email us a note. Women’s Enews will postselected reactions from our readers for all to read.This week we present an excerpt from a book written by a daughter of Chinese immigrants who grew up in New Jersey. She charts the transformation of Asian Americans from small, disconnected clusters into an influential self-identified racial group.In kindergarten, I learned the Pledge of Allegiance. Or rather, I learned to imitate it. The words spilled out of my mouth in one long jumble, all slurred and sloppy.