All tagged Personal Essay
“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 literacy class for immigrant mothers, it is the teacher learning lessons of courage and love.
Sita Chay delves into the creation and power of contemporary shamanic rituals; modern musical languages, Korean shaman rhythms, and folk mask movements all combine to ignite raw emotion and communal energy - a fight for the soul of the world.
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.
With grace and poignancy, LA resident, undocumented, and trans (non-binary) author Féi Hernandez examines the intersection of country and body.
Evocative music and writing by Jordan Vanderbeek “life is about trading out what is for what might be”
One Undocumented Student’s Journey to Liberation. “When I explore my identities through my writing, I am able to embrace myself…”
“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….”
An excerpt from Karim Kassem's new book: "The music of a new beginning, the tone of
goodbye. Hello? Are you still with me? Yes. Well, let’s go then...."
"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..."
Artist Jacqui Rêgo gets personal about love, sex, and the commodification of immigrant women in the age of Trump
Celebrating as an immigrant: "The words hit me in the gut- especially the last line, ‘The land of the free, the home of the brave...'"
"Statistics do not tell the story of immigration. People do... The challenges we face today are not new. Only the stories are."
"My parents fled for us." A writer reflects on the sacrifices her parents made and her own place in the American tapestry.
The continuing story of Betty Roque: "My arrival to this country was an odyssey completely different from what I imagined."
A portrait series: "I wanted my project to be a means of looking more deeply into our definition and assumptions about the term immigrant."
An inspiring relative sits down with Christine Bolaños to recount her harrowing past in El Salvador and her determination to start anew.
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...
“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....
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...