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Like the Sun in Dark Spaces

Written by the graduating class of 2018 from the Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINcA), this collection of personal essays explores ideas of success across generations and continents. Foreword written by Poet Laureate of the City of Boston Danielle Legros Georges.

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Without education, life is living in a dark house

by Abebech

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Mantegbosh, my mom, lived traditionally in a city called Bahir Dar, in Ethiopia, where mostly homogeneous groups of people live.

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She took both of her shoes off and began to walk

by Tirsiani

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“Cock-a-doodle-doo!” crowed the rooster every day at 5 a.m. “AAAAAUUUUUUUOOHH!” Stretching, my cousin Juline jumped out of bed to start the day.

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The Man of the Year

by Ngan

First sentence:

My aunt spent her entire childhood living in a small, rural hamlet in South Vietnam, where almost all people made a living growing rice and cabbage or raising pigs and cows.

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Once more, she repeated a pattern

by Ardit

First sentence:

Often she approaches me with a bunch of papers and asks me to read and explain them to her.

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