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Rhoda Feng

Rhoda Feng is an editor and freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. She has published or forthcoming work in The Baffler, BOMB, The White Review, The Hedgehog Review, The Guardian, The Smart Set, Paris Review Daily, The Atlantic, and Christian Science Monitor.

Jay Caspian Kang’s The Loneliest Americans

If you’re a youngish Asian American like me, you can likely dredge up memories of being dragooned to test prep or tutoring sessions. Housed in spartan rooms with the obligatory Scantron machine, these may have been academies for the SAT, PSAT, AP, and ACT or aggressively accredited courses to give you an edge over other applicants to private or feeder schools. Acres of paper would be distributed, from pallets of practice questions to flash cards and take-home exercises. Classes were set to the metronome of drills. At some point, the instructor might airily toss off a bit of advice for the clueless: if in doubt, just bubble in “all of the above”—whatever the question, there was a good chance that was the right choice.

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