A prose piece by Sanaa. My mother and I are having an argument about the hair on my arms. It grows thick, long and casts a permanent halo over my skin. It grows against her wishes. “I don’t understand why you don’t get rid of it. It doesn’t look good,” she tells me. Since I […]
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A visual art piece by Raychelle Duazo From the artist: “I Don’t Want to Be Closed Off” is a simple self-portrait in the style of a comic book panel. As a comics artist whose body of work is autobiographical and often very personal, I feel hyper visible as an API person and wanted to relay […]
A visual storytelling piece by Cynthia Fong. TRANSCRIPT Chinese word for ‘durian’ durian | noun | du*ri*an | [phonetic notation for ‘durian’] a fruit with a thick coat of sharp and unforgiving thorns. upon break-ing the shell, you find a soft, love-shaped center. you exca-vate the gold with your hands like your mother did, […]
A poem by Salwa Tareen. Salwa Tareen is a recent college graduate, community organizer, and writer from Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a Pakistani-American woman born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Canada, in her spare time she enjoys thinking of clever quips to the question: “No, where are you really from?”
A visual art piece by Bishakh Som and poems by Vidhu Aggarwal THE-WORLD-IS-FLAT FRIEND Before ever having been stomped on, I had the character of a martyr and a slave. In my character— a terrible passivity. Tag it: a new species of calm. Pressed into service, there’s nothing to do but expand. I’m expansive, low […]
A poem read and written by Esha Pillay. Esha is a fifth generation Indo-Fijian who is searching for her roots in relation to the diaspora. She currently works in higher education in Boston, Massachusetts and is a contributor for gal-dem magazine. She also believes in fighting microaggressions, even more so than breathing.
A conversation between Sophia Remolde and AE on identity, community, art, empathy and learning to exist between and beyond binaries. Part one is centered around perceptions and challenges of art-making. Part two continues here. Humans have a deep evolutionary habit of labeling things so that they can feel safe and survive. What happens when […]
An “illustration and invocation” by Sophia Terazawa. My grandfather was a Japanese prisoner of war when the first atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. He slept next to an open window that August night in Siberia. The following morning, he woke to a cell full of dead inmates. They had all suffocated on carbon monoxide. […]
A speculative non-fiction piece by Alison Kinney. EXTRADITION. Until the flight attendant delivered me into my new parents’ custody, they knew me only from photographs. One head-on, one in profile, with my name printed in English on a paper tag across my chest. Baby mugshots. All the papers were in order, my arrival signed […]
A visual art piece by Joelle Riffle. From the creator: Light Gold is a conception of heritage and genealogy as an ethnically ambiguous mixed race woman who has no connection to any of the cultures associated with the identities I claim or biological “ancestry.” Click on the images to move to the next page.
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