Angie Chuang is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and educator. “The View from the Sitting Room” is adapted from a chapter of her nonfiction book, The Four Words for Home, forthcoming from Aquarius Press / Willow Books in spring 2014. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, CALYX, Washingtonian magazine, Asian American Literary Review, Consequence, as well as the anthologies Best Women’s Travel Writing, Best Travel Writing, and Tales from Nowhere. She is on the faculty of American University School of Communication. Her latest travel adventure was to central Virginia, where she dared to venture onto the campus of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University on the day the U.S. Supreme Court’s monumental decisions on gay marriage had come down – an experience as harrowing and full of landmines as slipping into Taliban-controlled rural Afghanistan.