Do my loved ones buried in Iran, my generational roots in the land, allow the country to continue to feel like home?
“Even though the Philippines is where I’m from, I’m American.”
“Many look at the world through the eyes of conquerors. What happens when you stop taking your position for granted?”
“This is where I’ve come, to the America of lights and dreams. And if I am better off I cannot tell.”
The phrase used was “barbed wire fever”—what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Gracias a Dios I still have all my fingers.”
The idea of a peacefully united continent that acknowledges identity must prevail.
This situation can be changed, but only if our compassion is stronger than our fear.
“The family legacy included silence as a way to belong.”
“A body always returns to the place that shaped it.”
“Living outside of the United States isn’t an escape.”
“It was like walking through a time capsule.”
“How will non-Indians pronounce it?”