Places

Reaching for My Family—And My French Not-Husband

Comforting each other is more natural when we’re physically present, which is what the pandemic made it impossible for my not-husband to be.

Oct 20, 2021
Learning to Live with Durians Again

Was my rejection of the durian, Southeast Asia’s King of Fruits, a betrayal of my cultural identity, of my life in Singapore?

Oct 18, 2021
Longing for the Netherlands, Stroopwafels, and the Real Thing

We don’t crave the things we’re close to, even if they’ve shaped us into who we are.

Oct 14, 2021
What Would It Mean to Live in the Clouds?

If one can dream up a better future for humanity or for whatever species humans evolve into, why replicate the past?

Oct 05, 2021
Going from Other to Local in Mumbai

I was certain my appearance would mask my secret: that I didn’t belong.

Sep 29, 2021
Facing Crises—and Mosquitoes—at Home in Osaka

If you’re looking at something, you don’t know where it’s going; if you know where it’s going, you don’t know where it is.

Sep 28, 2021
No Place Like Home: How Nostalgia Paints Over Violent Histories

In class we’d learned the Australian flag was blue to represent the sky and ocean both, our collective identity shaped by that constant hue.

Sep 21, 2021
Traveling With My Parents Taught Me “Growing Up” Is Not “Growing Old”

My parents were old. It was time to take seriously the last years we had left. That is not, of course, how they saw things.

Sep 08, 2021
Searching for a Piece of Home in Havana

On the plane, I felt the tension of visiting so many unspoken truths.

Going Back to School As a Grieving Teacher

After a year of virtual classrooms, what have we learned?

Biking Back Home in Bogotá

Bogotá has the largest network of cycling infrastructure in Latin America. It is a city that begs to be biked.

Aug 23, 2021
The Next Stop Is: Brighton Beach

I love our Little Odessa because it is the closest approximation to a home I will never really know.

Prison Visitation Isn’t Like the Movies

When my dad was incarcerated, I began noticing specific tropes that reinforce a cultural narrative about prison all around me.

Aug 11, 2021
We Did Not Belong in Okinawa

Okinawa knew what to do with monsters.

Undercaffeinated

Hospitality is supposed to be a Russian tradition, but finding food in stores is increasingly difficult. Any generosity is bound to erode from lack.

Jul 08, 2021
What Does It Mean to Be “Made” Somewhere?

In Italy, I learned to stop searching for an authentic, fixed self, or an automatic kinship with the Chinese diasporic community—especially in a globalized world.

Jul 06, 2021
Coming Out, as Told by Florida Wildlife

Can you still hear us? We’re drowning the state in our chirps tonight if you’d care to sing along.

Jun 22, 2021
Our Hair: How I Found Community and Coconut Oil in France

Across the thousands of miles, and the hundreds of years of historical and cultural distance, Albertine and I had our hair in common.

Jun 21, 2021
The Perils of Academic “Potential”

We don’t need to accept potential as currently defined. We can change the questions we ask, the learning environments we create.

Who Gets to Travel to “Find Themselves”?

The spirit of manifest destiny has been rebranded into the travelogue.

May 13, 2021