THIS IS US

An American Immigrant, in Three Bruce Springsteen Tunes

What rock music taught me about being American

Yi Shun Lai
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readJul 1, 2021

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Picture of a Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A.” LP record in a record bin.
Photo: Jose Antonio Gallego Vázquez/Unsplash

“Born in the U.S.A.”

Picture it, a most American of all American pursuits, either an Indian Guides weekend or a weekend for Cub Scouts. It was my brother’s gig, but we all went along, me, my mom, and my dad, and…

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Yi Shun Lai
Human Parts

Author: A SUFFRAGISTS’S GUIDE TO THE ANTARCTIC (2024), Pin Ups (2020). Former columnist, The Writer. theGooddirt.org Psst: Say “yeeshun.” You can do it!