1. “The problem with English is this: You usually can't open your mouth and it comes out just like that--first you have to think what you want to say. Then you have to find the words. Then you have to carefully arrange those words in your head. Then you have to say the words quietly to yourself, to make sure you got them okay. And finally, the last step, which is to say the words out loud and have them sound just right."

2. “When things fall apart, the children of the land scurry and scatter like birds escaping a burning sky.”

3. “Because we were not in our country, we could not use our own languages, and so when we spoke our voices came out bruised.”

4. “Leaving your country is like dying, and when you come back you are like a ghost returning to earth, roaming around with missing gaze in your eyes”

5. “It's not the lying itself that makes me feel bad but the fact that I'm here lying to my friends.”

6. “There are times, though, that no matter how much food I eat, I find the food does nothing for me, like I am hungry for my country and nothing is going to fix that”

7. “They will never be the same again because you just cannot be the same once you leave behind who and what you are, you just cannot be the same.”

8. “If these walls could talk, the buildings would stutter, wouldn't remember their names.”

9. “Further and further we go, and the sun keeps ironing us and ironing us and ironing us.”

10. “I think the reason they are my relatives now is they are from my country too - it's like the country has become a real family since we are in America, which is not our country”