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
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