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Louise Hung

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The Western Eye: How I Learned to Live With My Eyelids

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Editor’s Note: Louise Hung is a Chinese-American writer living in New York who contributes and researches for the Order of the Good Death and Ask a Mortician. The views expressed in this piece are solely her own.

When I was not even 10 years old, I remember standing in front of my cousins’ bathroom mirror comparing eyelids. Kara*, my oldest cousin, had just learned about “Asian eyes**” from her classmates, and she’d come back home to share her findings with her younger sister-cousins. (We all grew up in the same house.)