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Child, don’t you ever let them make you hate yourself for what you are not.

Ode to Hair

To her and to you my sisters from other misters:

There is beauty in your black and bronze highlighted box braids
There’s beauty in your shoulder length puffy brunette pixie cut… 180 more words

Poems & Quotes

Conversations about home (at a deportation centre)

By Warsan Shire

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (2011)

Well, I think home spat me out, the blackouts and curfews like tongue against loose tooth. 549 more words


The Hook

“The first time . . .”

“Ahn-ahn, it’s enough, you’ve said it before.”

“Geez! The first time they invite us to their house—”

“Stop exaggerating, these things happen—” 629 more words

Between Us

D*: "I'm back on Jabbe..."

I'm back on Jabber/XMPP: 'dodgerwa' at the domain 'fastmail.com'. (I only accept connections from people I know.)

(Originally posted on Diaspora*)


Yes, tell them cheerfully: There is beauty in all of my struggle, in every inch of it!

So I come home from a week of hell just to find my little sister (11) had done a Britney Spears! She had started unbraiding her newly done hair after 3 days. 588 more words

Life & Interests

"Mẹ Việt Nam ơi, Chúng Con Vẫn Còn đây (Oh Mother Vietnam, We Are Still Here)"

Definitely check out Andrew Lam’s article in Huffington Post. Here is an excerpt that really resonated with me:

“We have learned to absorb our pain and grief and are negotiating our positions between East and West, memories and modernity, traditions and individual ambitions, old loyalties and new alliances, such that we are in the process of recreating a whole notion of what it means to be Vietnamese, a definition that is both open-ended and inclusive. 120 more words

fragmented heritage

a generation of

children have been

brought up outside

the motherland.

children, whose homes

are scattered

in urban centres

throughout the

East and West.

Toronto London… 240 more words