Special Request: Why I Fought with My Family on Holiday
“I wanted to be present in Paris. I forgot to be present with my family.”
Malaka Gharib is a journalist at NPR. She is the author of "I Was Their American Dream," a graphic memoir (Clarkson Potter, April 2019) about being Filipino-Egyptian-American. She is the founder of The Runcible Spoon, a food zine, and the co-founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair. She lives in a rowhouse with her husband in Washington, D.C.
More in this series
This Eid will not be Eid until I’ve spent time crying and laughing, describing the aromas of foods that are not here.
I sought a cherished symbol from my own childhood, not a standardized emblem of all Indonesian culture, which I can’t and shouldn’t pretend is all mine to take.