Migrations

Mourning My Birthplace: On Immigration, Family, and the Distance in Between

“When you’ve spent your life apart from a loved one, what prepares you for not knowing how to mourn?”

May 07, 2018
Manhattan’s Vanished Little Syria, and the Work of Preserving My Family’s History

Raji Lian, my great-grandfather, came over from Syria in 1899.

May 02, 2018
Untimely Immigrants: My Family Within and Without, From Brazil to the United States

Each time I am lured by the mirage of progress, someone knocks at the door and I am reminded of being thirteen and having nightmares about ICE at our door.

May 01, 2018
A Rarámuri Family's Flight from Drought and the Drug Trade

Luis received the first coins he had ever held. “Keep these safe,” the man said. “You’ll need them.”

Mar 28, 2018
Dead-Guy Shirts and Motel Kids: Immigrant Life in Florida

After immigrating from Finland, I adopted Florida and all its freaks, swindlers, addicts, and charismatic criminals.

Mar 14, 2018
Undocumented Lovers in America

One thing united us, one thing no one else could understand—our lack of legal status in the United States.

Mar 07, 2018
My Grandmother’s Patois and Other Keys to Survival

​Patois was our secret,​ allowing us to be in the English world and ​then escape to Jamaica through language.

Feb 13, 2018
What You Find and What You Lose When You Seek a New Home

Often we only talk about what the immigrant gains, or what they “take.” We don’t consider what they have left behind.

Feb 01, 2018
An Immigrant Londoner in Brexit Limbo

I wasn’t born here. But I have lived here for fourteen years, and London has made me what I am.

Dec 20, 2017
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