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What we think of when we think of Iowa? Farm fields near the Mississippi, May 2007

University of Iowa professor Stephen Bloom's recent essay in The Atlantic on Iowa, the state that could determine the next president, didn't go over well with everyone who read it.

Among these was KPCC's OnCentral blog editor Kim Bui, a Vietnamese Iowan (yes, there are those), who objected especially to the state's remaining residents being portrayed in the essay as "often the elderly waiting to die, those too peer around the bend for better opportunities, an assortment of waste-toids and meth addicts with pale skin and rotted teeth, or those who quixotically believe, like Little Orphan Annie, that 'The sun'll come out tomorrow.' "

Kim's response below to Bloom's essay, first posted on her Linkage+ blog, takes in her unique Iowa experience as the child of immigrants, reflecting on "why it made so much sense for my parents to raise a family there - it’s akin to the Vietnamese sensibility."