All tagged Personal Essay

On Arrival

“My stepmother is my introduction to America and I am her introduction to being a mother. We are both immigrants in that sense…” Indu Subaiya recounts her first steps in a new life.

In A Name

A name becomes a peace offering, a chance to reconnect with her heritage, and a personal symbol. After transitioning, Joanna offers her family an opportunity to name their daughter.

Immigrant's Dilemma

“You would think that they would want their children to take the same type of risks in life and maybe be entrepreneurs. Instead my parents have always encouraged me to make the safer choice….”

American Mirage

"At first, I thought I knew a lot of things about America. ... Flipping through the saturated photos of swimming pools, palm trees, and tan, long legged women in bikinis filled my mind with stars and stripes..."

Emigration

It was springtime. The sweet perfume of the wisteria dominated the whole street. I approached the house and climbed stairs that were covered by the wisteria in full bloom. The canopy was still intact. The grape- like flowers dangled from the canopy like lanterns...

Neighbors

“That’s a four.”
“That’s a six!”

I am 13 years old and I am playing cricket. I’ve discovered that when I make a hit, I can
get some decent distance. I seldom make the hit....

The Top of The Mountain

I grew up learning daily from my parents, relatives, and elders from my community about our values of caring, respecting, reciprocity, solidarity, giving a hand and support to others, greeting people properly, and caring and preserving the Mother Earth...