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  • There's a particularly powerful smell – is it paw-paw or guava? he asked.

    Breakfast with Stephen Fry

  • By her front door is a vegetable patch where she grows enough maize, pumpkins, spinach, bananas, guavas and paw-paw to feed them all.

    South Africa beyond the World Cup: hiking in the wild east

  • One girl saw a blue paw-paw flower growing in the forest and this cheered her to think she could walk, with swollen feet, the four nights home to her former village.

    Karin Badt: Child Soldiers on Film: "Kassim the Dream" (I)

  • There was no refrigerator, so my paw-paw—the name in Cantonese for maternal grandmother—put the daily groceries for dinner out on the fire escape.

    American Chinatown

  • My paw-paw worked in zippers, buttons, waistbands.

    American Chinatown

  • “I loved my paw-paw, but I was never really interested in acknowledging my culture back then,” he said.

    American Chinatown

  • Though the family lived in poverty—my paw-paw told me, with a good-humored laugh, of the time my five-year-old uncle noted the leaky bulges and cracks corrugating the ceiling of their Chinatown apartment and asked her plaintively, “This is America?”

    American Chinatown

  • In the mornings, my paw-paw brought my two aunts and my uncle to P.S.

    American Chinatown

  • My paw-paw says that overtime pay was not an option in a Chinese-owned shop.

    American Chinatown

  • My paw-paw told me that when she arrived, she was eager to find work.

    American Chinatown

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  • You can say that again.

    February 16, 2010

  • "The fruit on the island, thought Miss Marple, was rather disappointing. It seemed always to be paw-paw."

    February 16, 2010