Identity Filter
  1. Dear Adoption, I Just Want to be Heard

    “I can be happy with the life I’ve been given and mourn the life that was taken away.” At Dear Adoption, a South Korean adoptee blogs anonymously about the need to explore their heritage.

    Family
  2. “We see this all the time in ‘allies’ in Indian Country — folks who may have entered into communities or organizing in a good way, but then take the label of ally as a check mark, rather than something they have to continually work at.”

    Commentary
  3. Barbara Jane Reyes

    “I believe when a Pinay writes, and she is the subject of her own narratives, then she is subverting those master narratives which have figured her as a voiceless and passive object.” Filipina author, poet, and professor Barbara Jane Reyes blogs about literature, poetry, politics, and more.

    Authors
  4. If the Loneliness Comes, Beep Me

    Brian Burns on identity, queerness, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy didn’t necessarily make me into who I am but it did allow me to be who I was.”

    Identity
  5. 10 Reasons Why Joseph Boyden is a Problem and Should Go Away

    Not Your Average Indian suggests that you should bypass Joseph Boyden for deserving Indigenous authors.

    Identity
  6. Adulthood

    “It did not slap you in the face- the stinging pain lasted longer than that. Instead,
     
    it devoured your being, your soul, and parts of you that had no identity-”
     
    Kolkata, India-based writer and poet Hena Sarkar pens a poem about growing up.

    Identity
  7. “To write feels like violence. All of us are mortal, but the text can survive long after its author: who are you, fleshy and contingent thing, who wants to live forever? To write is to stain clean paper, press sticks in smooth clay; in some sense always, to deform the world.”

    Essay
  8. Homeless daughters of a hybrid diaspora

    “Can you imagine being told from the moment you comprehend it that these four walls you call home, this shelter above your head, this comfort you look forward to each time you return from school or mosque, is not yours?” Zoya Kubra, currently based in Qatar, reflects on male privilege and gender inequality.

    Essay
  9. Back to Your Roots: Blogging About Genealogy and Family History

    Genealogists are coming together this week at RootsTech, a conference exploring family history and technology. Here’s a look at a few genealogy blogs on WordPress.com.

    Family
    Photo by Patricia Greber, My Genealogy Life.
  10. The Diversity Deal

    In the wake of the #MuslimBan Executive Order and the airport protests that followed it, London-based writer Ali Abbas calls on Muslim communities to forge stronger, more reciprocal ties with other marginalized groups.

    Commentary
  11. VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

    VIDA is a literary site devoted to amplifying marginalized voices, including people of color, writers with disabilities, and queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming individuals.

    Art
  12. Thoughts on Belonging

    Writer and educator Monna McDiarmid, a Canadian based in Yokohama, Japan, reflects on her shifting sense of belonging to the various places she’s lived in.

    Culture
  13. In the Club

    “Sometimes, it was just easiest to choose from what I was given. Was I ungrateful if it wasn’t enough?” Writer Mindy Hung on The Joy Luck Club and Asian representation in popular fiction.

    Books
  14. “Responsibility does not just lie with the writer, because literature is, at its very heart, a collaborative effort. The reader is complicit in the creation of the story, bringing their own prejudices and ways of seeing the world.”

    Fiction
  15. Home

    “India and I are like childhood sweethearts. We’ve moved on to different things, but there’s a special corner in our hearts for each other. I don’t have to choose. Both India and the US are home.” In this piece on family and India, Hema Nataraju reflects on the meaning of home.

    Essay