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Sophia Ricco

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Clouds made up of a pungent aroma tickle the girl’s nose as they float through the air. She plops down next to me and looks around the empty room, a juxtaposition to the housewarming party outside to kick off the school semester. The clouds drift through chatter and a faint melody, the lyrics difficult to comprehend over the thumping bass emanating from the floor. Lovers, friends, and strangers burrow in the corner as if it were only them on this Friday night. “Shoutout to Paul,” one of the girls sitting on the ground declares. Her sweetheart goes to work on the newly acquired cluster of green. Exchanges of commodities move like conversation. Paul, both cold and elusive, can give you what you need for a little change. The wall facing the only source of light, which protrudes over a wall of insulation, projects images created by shadows of partygoers. The…

Abandoned as a baby in China, Jessica Kelly has felt out of place her whole life. Growing up in a town with little diversity and her American mother’s culture, Kelly struggled to find a place where she belonged. Searching for purpose and a sense of belonging, Kelly joined TYS Dance Crew last year. Now going into her fifth year, Kelly leads the team as a co-director and finally feels she has found a place where she can be herself. Over 76,000 children from Asian countries have been adopted by American families. By incorporating their Asian children into American life, many adoptees feel that they do not have a culture for themselves. Although every adoption case is different, Kelly represents many of these children. “To put it simply, it isn’t a piece of cake,” Kay Johnson, a professor of Asian studies at Hampshire College, said. “People tend to have a biogenetic…