Identity Filter
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. “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
  4. 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
  5. Birth rights

    “Now I walk to the lake and it’s become / something more, the lake…” William Pearse at pinklightsabre shares a personal, confessional poem.

    Identity
  6. Lebanon, USA

    Lebanese photographer Fadi BouKaram started a five-month road trip that will take him to every American town named after his home country. Follow his adventures at Lebanon, USA.

    Exploration
  7. The Armored Coconut

    Marika Malaea reflects on being a brown white girl: “My whole life has been me thinking that I’m super incognito, when I’m actually the painted elephant in the room, whispering, ‘So what are we all staring at?’”

    Diversity
  8. Movement: A Prose Poem

    In Leeza Petrov’s short poetic memoir, life zooms by from one address to the next, and childhood, friendship, and love leave marks both subtle and vivid.

    Identity
  9. Reclaiming My Name

    “My kids are adults. We are on our last overseas tour. I just turned 50—which stuns me a bit, but it does seem like a good time to make changes. And I have decided: I no longer need or want this name.” Kelly Sue Bembry is keeping the marriage, but ditching the last name.

    Feminism
  10. Afros y Paella

    Initially a travel blog about a Black and African woman navigating life in Spain, Nneka Okona’s Afros y Paella has evolved into something larger: a space exploring how travel can be transformative.

    Exploration
  11. Girls’ Globe

    The Girls’ Globe website is the central hub of an international network of bloggers and activists who fight gender inequality and promote women’s and girls’ rights around the world.

    Diversity
  12. “So where are you from?”

    “They always asked that question; a subtle reminder that she was not one of them.”Naomi Sepiso, a Kenyan-Zambian immigrant living in Australia, explores identity and belonging.

    Identity
  13. Identity
    Photo by Mandira Bahl
  14. Shouldn’t I Feel Pretty?

    An excerpt from Ivan Coyote’s book, Tomboy Survival Guide: “Because all those years I mistook that fear for shame, and that mistake has cost us both so much.”

    Authors
  15. Apology to a Non-Black Partner

    Poetry by Radical Faggot: “I’m sorry loving me / meant splitting your bones / that my hands / were filled / by their own wringing”

    Identity