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Autumn Flowers by Angelina Tang

Angelina Tang
Presenting an excerpt of Autumn Flowers written by 2022 JBWC Youth Fellow Angelina Tang. Autumn Flowers is a story about being human. It is the journey of a girl who rises above her suffering and embraces herself, learning to accept her past and future; at the same time, it is an exploration of Chinese culture, flower language, and the effects of a schizophrenia diagnosis. It is a character study. It is a call for change in our perceptions of mental illness. It is a form of love.

 This short excerpt is merely the beginning of the story our main character, Qiūhuā, wishes to tell; think of it as an introduction to a new friend. Tuck her silent voice away between your ribs for now, and perhaps, one day, you will get to hear the phrase after the pause.

*Note to readers: This excerpt references self-harm.

MENTORS: Jessica Lowell Mason & Dr. Jesse Miller // JBWC staff members Noah Falck, Robin Jordan, & Richie Wills


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