Favorite Daughter is a poetry collection uprooting America from inside the body, finding China underneath. Divided into four parts, Daughter explores ideas like hybridity, localism, and harmony in ways that disturb commonly-held notions about broad terms like “belonging” and “mythology.” A compilation of immigration stories, Chinese radio segments, Google translate entries, and dictionary remixes, Huang immerses herself in everything she is uncertain of.
Praise for Favorite Daughter:
"Favorite Daughter is a lyrical and visceral portrait of the diasporic body, exploring queerness and Chineseness through fragmented translation, innovation of form, and the longing of ghosts...with devastating honesty and confident storytelling, Huang reveals to us the porous nature of history and legend, memory and myth. From Afong Moy to Hua Mulan - one forgotten, the other immortalized - she rewrites and revives the women who are so often mistranslated, fetishized, exoticized.
Huang’s voice is a much-needed voice, one that will make it safer for myself - and so many others - to live, write, and imagine in this world."
--K-Ming Chang, Bestiary
"Favorite Daughter will fill your hands with sugar, your mind with lilies, and your chest with sunlight. [Huang] explores the intricacies of family & diaspora, reimagines history, and show us how to build a new world using the ruins of two languages- a world where she is both sun & river, south & west, purity & scream."
--Jasmine C. Bell, Tears of Genesis