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Tan Tuck Ming

Tan Tuck Ming is a writer and an MFA graduate of the University of Iowa. Born in Singapore and raised in New Zealand, Tan explores in his work the shifting structure of the family, especially in the context of migration, displacement, and welfare. His writing has been published in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, Speculative Nonfiction, Fence, and other publications. His website is

Sept/Oct 2022


By Tan Tuck Ming

It is Sunday in Hong Kong. On the margins of hard pavement or grass, along passageways and bridges that lead out to the docks, beneath the awnings of office buildings that at other times in the week cover only vacant space, there are thousands of women gathering. On Sundays, spare plots of ground are claimed with cardboard boxes flattened into a makeshift floor.