Hokkien Lesson 1: The Granddaughter’s Phrasebook

ang mo
red hair

jin sui
very beautiful

wah pah de leao see
I will beat you to death

wah zaiiyah
I know

wah gaiigee
I can do it myself

About the author

Yaya Yao

Born and raised in downtown Toronto, Yaya Yao is an artist and arts educator who has performed in Hong Kong, Manila, Montreal, Singapore, and Toronto. Her poetry can be found in publications such as CV2, Queerlessness, and TOK 7.

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