Where Are You From

My Life in Iran Under Sanctions

I’d get up at six a.m. every Saturday, to be at the drugstore by seven. There I could fill my father's chemotherapy prescription.

Jul 31, 2018
Hawaiian Authors on the Island’s Literature

“I usually emphasize that I am a hapa author,” says Kahakauwila. “It’s a political move.”

Apr 18, 2018
Black & Midwestern: On the Mississippi and Sites of Memory

“The question of where you’re from is often met with eager anticipation to easily judge you.”

Mar 13, 2018
Fabric of Community, Gone Threadbare: A Tour of Ohio’s New Trump Country

My parents are from the Rust Belt, words supposed to encapsulate the decay, the abandoned workplaces.

Dec 06, 2017
Loving, Hating, Being From Texas

Expat Texans, Texan Democrats—all us Texan “others”—have a complicated relationship with our home state.

Sep 27, 2017
White Mirror in Baltimore County

No one in my family knew Freddie Gray. Yet each of us drew a composite sketch of the dead man.

Aug 03, 2017
How to Write About Your Ancestral Village

You buy a one-way ticket to Beijing, and tell your mother you are traveling alone to figure out if China might be the answer.

Aug 01, 2017
Reconciling with Less Home: Between Haiti and Me

How did I come to the point of romanticizing a home I could not even identify?

Mar 15, 2017
Für Bess: On Neighbors, Music Parties, and Growing Up

“It was that closeness that led me to notice the gaps that separated us.”

Mar 06, 2017
How I Lost My Hometown

The day after the election, the last threads of attachment I felt to home frayed and finally broke.

Jan 23, 2017
The Desert Half

“Do I really love the desert, or was that just a cute phase I went through?”

May 06, 2016
Eminent Domain

“None of the things we thought were ours actually belonged to us.”

The News Up North

“I’ve left the city behind, that rabid, morbid, obsequious other obsession.”

Sep 24, 2015