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Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, read by Ming-Na Wen

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“I have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea. My eyes are just like Mama’s. Mama’s eyes, that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons when she comes home from work. She scoops me in her arms, eyes sparkling like starlight, and tickles me until we laugh ourselves onto the floor.

“When mama tucks me in at night, her eyes tell me I’m a miracle. In those moments when she’s all mine, flecks of dancing gold tell me I’m hers, too.”

Ming-Na Wen reads Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, the New York Times and #1 Indie bestselling picture book by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho.

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Created in partnership with Wen and Wong Fu Productions, this video from The Conscious Kid is one in a series of their AAPI Story Time read-aloud videos.

At the four-minute mark, the video also shares a message about combatting anti-Asian racism with the celebration of stories from Asian-American voices and experiences.

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Ming Na Wen
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