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The City in Which I Love You By Li-Young Lee For a New Citizen of These United States Asian American Poetry Poetry is an authors tool to produce written work in order to express themselves and evoke emotions and feelings they have Poetry comes in many different forms and from much different type of authors It can be categorized in different ways There are similarities and differences amidst the different types of poetry Poetry classified Asian or Asian American poetry share similarities based on culture and race The roots of an Asian poem most often times come from someone of Asian descent but this isnt always the case An African American can write Asian American poetry if he captures both cultures in his writing The things that make an Asian poem an Asian poem are countless There are many variables in the equation For a New Citizen of These United States by Li-Young Lee is a powerful poem that conveys a sense of Asian American-ness and also expresses a great deal of emotion Sorrow and persecution surround For a New Citizen of These United States The poem is written in a manner where Lee makes the audience seem ignorant of the events he calls out But you dont remember I know so I wont mention that house where Chung hid Its clear Lee feels that the person or persons hes talking too has little understanding what hes talking about He expresses his feelings well with vivid and exotic descriptions And I wont hum along if you dont when our mothers sing Nights in Shanghai1 The song title Nights in Shanghai combines history and culture to create a classical picture of past times The history is a major factor in the poem and is an element to why this is an Asian American poem What exactly is going on in the poem is unclear The author mentions that he is at
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