What is the meaning of  Cathy Song's "Heaven"? 

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Cathy Song, an Asian poet, elegantly describes a scene between the narrator and her son in the poem, "Heaven." Her son who is part caucasian thinks that when he dies he will go to a Chinese heaven; and except for his blond hair,  everyone will look like him.  As they look at the map, the boy's hand spreads out  to show the distance from his home to China. 

Their home, probably in Colorado, shows up only as a black dot. The poet thinks that their home is much like the wild west of the past when her grandfather worked on the...

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