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Nellie Wong

  • I know now that once I longed to be white.

    • Nellie Wong,
    • "When I Was Growing Up," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • If you sing too often of woe, yours or your sisters', you may be charged with being 'too personal,' 'too autobiographical,' too much a woman who cries out, who acknowledges openly, shamelessly, the pain of living and the joy of becoming free.

    • Nellie Wong,
    • "In Search of the Self As Hero: Confetti of Voices on New Year's Night," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • ... as my hair turns white / my anger moves, a storm into the sunlight / where women and men fight alongside each other / in the battles against degradation, poverty, manipulation, fear / where anger is pure as the love I have for freedom / where desire is the catalyst for action / where the possibilities are rice and flowers and children / growing stronger everywhere.

    • Nellie Wong,
    • "For an Asian Woman Who Says My Poetry Gives Her a Stomachache," in Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Mayumi Tsutakawa, and Margarita Donnelly, eds., The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology ()

Nellie Wong, U.S. poet, activist