Legacies

I Named My Daughter After the Woman I Wish She Could Have Met

Something unexpected cracks me open every year: Tonight, it was my daughter, recognizing the name I’d given her because I couldn’t give her the woman herself.

Unheard Grief, Unmovable Men: How an Old Mexican Folktale Speaks to Our Pain Today

All the wrong people are crying, and all the people who ought to feel something do not.

Nov 05, 2018
How People Live and Pray Between Massacres

“I never knew my not looking like or having the accent of my father’s people would save my life.”

Oct 10, 2018
Loving Your Immigrant Parents, Superstitions and All

There’s a distinct kind of relationship that privileged first-generation children have with their immigrant parents.

Aug 23, 2018
“Mrs. Patten Would Doubtless Be of Service if a Man”: Mary Patten and Shirley Jackson, Two Women Who Broke the Mold

Patten didn’t undress for fifty days while onboard Neptune’s Car because “the threat of rape had never been far from her mind.”

Jul 26, 2018
What Internment Did to My Family

The court finally condemned Korematsu v. US, but the lessons of history are being overlooked by those claiming to have recognized them.

Peanut Farming, Robert E. Lee, and a Virginia Family's Legacy

Slaves brought peanuts from Africa and planted them across the South, where they were used as animal feed.

Apr 16, 2018
Know Their Names: Women Composers Neglected By History

“I once believed that I had creative talent, but I have given up this idea,” Clara Schumann wrote in her diary in 1839.

Apr 04, 2018
Hear These Activists on Gabriel’s Failed Slave Rebellion

Richmond could offer a bold challenge to historical narratives about the South, the Confederacy, and American slavery.

Mar 14, 2018
The Lie Beneath the Story of My Family’s Asian American Dream

The story affirms our goodness by assuring us we did it on our own. The story tells us to not make waves.

A New Myth: Untethering My Name from White Folks’ Imaginations

“Names bind us to people, places, and histories. As the descendant of enslaved people, my name only goes so far.”

Oct 18, 2017
Talking to My Daughter About Charlottesville

“Once your children know that even one person detests their bones and breath, they know.”

Aug 23, 2017
September 13, 2001: How Fear United Us

“I realized the work that I had been doing, the work that I was proud of, wasn’t enough.”

Feb 16, 2017
Explaining My Multiracial Identity (So Others Don’t Do It For Me)

Every time someone guesses wrong, I am the one to apologize.

Jan 04, 2017
When There Is No Option to Forget: How My Family Shares Our Stories of Survival

“I felt as though I’d been inducted into a special society of survivors.”

Nov 15, 2016
We, the Hunted: Dogs, Resistance, and Survival

“The emotional trauma of being hunted by a vicious animal can last for generations.”

Nov 01, 2016