Migrations

Return to Partition: Finding Pakistan’s Past in India’s Present

The first time my grandfather crossed the India-Pakistan border was in 1947; the next time he crossed was in 2007, with me.

What Will Become of My Iranian Generation?

Leaving Iran as a political refugee without asylum, my mother, in essence, burned down our house.

Eulogy for a Home: Tehran Revisited

Do my loved ones buried in Iran, my generational roots in the land, allow the country to continue to feel like home?

Oct 11, 2017
“Hiding and Hiding”: Undocumented Filipinx Americans Living in the Shadows

“Even though the Philippines is where I’m from, I’m American.”

Sep 05, 2017
Mexican/American: The Duality of Growing Up Chicana

“Many look at the world through the eyes of conquerors. What happens when you stop taking your position for granted?”

Walter Benjamin’s Last Hike

The day we hiked Benjamin’s last trail, hundreds of thousands of refugees were desperate to get into Europe.

Aug 10, 2017
This Hell Not Mine: On Moving from Nigeria to America

“This is where I’ve come, to the America of lights and dreams. And if I am better off I cannot tell.”

Jul 07, 2017
Refugees of Extraordinary Ability: A Mythology

Whether fleeing the Russian Revolution or running from martial law-era Taiwan, my families have made some narrow escapes.

Jun 28, 2017
Repatriation and the Pull of the Past

“I’m not naïve enough to think that becoming Austrian will make up for everything that happened to my family.”

May 31, 2017
Searching for the Internment Camp Where My Father Was Held

The phrase used was “barbed wire fever”—what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder.

May 10, 2017
The Law of Historical Memory​

A strange inheritance from a grandfather resisting Franco and fascism in 1930s Spain.

Borders of the Past: On Europe and the Berlin Wall

The idea of a peacefully united continent that acknowledges identity must prevail.

Mar 29, 2017
These Dark Skies: Seeking Refuge on Europe’s Shores

This situation can be changed, but only if our compassion is stronger than our fear.

Feb 27, 2017
On Borders and Citizens

“My US citizenship is a kind of bulwark. It is not a guarantee of protection.”

Feb 21, 2017
Arab Past, American Present: My Family’s Invisible History

“The family legacy included silence as a way to belong.”

Jan 17, 2017
A Map of Lost Things: On Family, Grief, and the Meaning of Home

“A body always returns to the place that shaped it.”

Jan 09, 2017
Integration Class: On Immigrating to Germany

“Welcome to Germany. Take a number. Have a seat.”

Dec 07, 2016
An American in Brexit Britain: Reflections After the Presidential Election

“Living outside of the United States isn’t an escape.”

Nov 21, 2016