“Immigration doesn’t only externally displace a person from familiar surroundings, language, and culture, it also internally displaces us into a cultural and linguistic limbo that at times can be a horror to navigate. Lives become split into befores and afters, and even if you inhabit a closely-knit immigrant community, immigration forces us into liminal existences often on the social and cultural margins that create perceived differences between us and them, and even causes ruptures between us and the homeland that grow more and more apparent the longer one lives outside.” My 35th article for HuffPost, published in July 2016.
“Jessica Jones — played with strength and haunted panache by Gilmore Girls alum Krysten Ritter — is a ‘hard-drinking, short-fused, mess of a woman’ with a minimalist fashion sense, private gumshoe leanings, and superpowered strength.” My 23rd article for HuffPost published in January 2016, and the first time I publicly spoke about being a survivor of domestic violence.
“And in the exposing of vulnerability, of pain, of such great loss, is the seeking for answers why. Why did this happen? Where did they go now that they’re gone? Are they safe? Are they at peace? Why not me? Why did I survive and others didn’t? Is there a purpose behind it all?” My 20th piece for HuffPost, published in December 2015.