Learning to Live with Durians Again

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“My wholehearted rejection of the durian, the renowned King of Fruits across Southeast Asia, seemed a betrayal of my cultural identity” Despite thinking that she hadn’t changed much in her years living in America, Rebecca Kwee found herself alienated when she returned to Singapore…by a fruit; the durian, with its notorious odour, assaulted her senses. Among other efforts to learn to live with the fruit again, she was sought peace in the fact that her repulsion was a sign that she wasn’t infected with COVID-19. Read full article here

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