Cover Photo: Photo courtesy of author
Photo courtesy of author

How A War in the Middle East Changed My Family in the Philippines Forever

Papa left the summer I turned eight. The emotional toll of a wife who blamed him was too much to carry along with the burden of repatriating thousands of Filipino citizens.


Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir.



how few—

Why did you leave? Do you know what happened to us after you left the house? Do you know what we had to go through?





Cinelle Barnes is a memoirist, essayist, and educator from Manila, Philippines. and is the author of MONSOON MANSION: A MEMOIR (Little A, 2018) and MALAYA: ESSAYS ON FREEDOM (Little A, 2019), and the editor A MEASURE OF BELONGING: 21 WRITERS OF COLOR ON THE NEW AMERICAN SOUTH (Hub City Press, 2020). Her work has appeared in Catapult, Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, Hyphen, and TAYO, among others. She is currently the writer-in-residence at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and is at work on a collection of essays. More about her at