Sometimes, the word “belonging” feels more apt when snapped into two: be longing.
My parents wanted to give me opportunities that they never had, to let me participate in bizarre American rites of passage.
The contours of a border become a lot less rigid when you carry what are deemed to be the right documents.
My idea of home had changed, so I took the symbolic step of finding a new tailor—marking Philadelphia as a place that now fit me right, too.
There are rules to who gets to live the American dream, and who doesn’t.
In Hindi, you don’t say ‘sorry;’ you ask for forgiveness. So, growing up, I made the mistake of apologizing for who I am.
German chemists. They empowered us, they ruined us, they controlled so very much.
How two diasporas shaped who I am.
Raji Lian, my great-grandfather, came over from Syria in 1899.
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.