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Blood Lines

Blood Lines

How could I refuse my dying father?” asked Lane Wilcken softly. After Wilcken’s father, Willis Lane Wilcken, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, doctors suggested marking his skin so they could track the radiation that would soon be used to fight the aggressive disease. Wilcken’s father didn’t want a stranger marking his

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UF CASA’s Mid-Autumn Show – Behind The Scenes

UF CASA’s Mid-Autumn Show – Behind The Scenes

The University of Florida’s Chinese American Student Association (CASA) hosts a Mid-Autumn Festival show filled with special acts such as dancing, singing, traditional Chinese foods (like moon cakes) and much more. The show never fails to attract a crowd…. To find out the secret behind its success, Sparks went behind the scenes to

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Book Review: Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey

Book Review: Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey

The Vietnam War ended 39 year ago. However, its influences are still being explored by Vietnamese American writers today, such as in G.B. Tran’s 2001 nonfictional graphic novel “Vietnamerica.” This novel is about his family. He is the main character, who goes to Vietnam after the death of his maternal

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