It’s Pronounced “Deh-BOO”

I was 16 years old. The summer of 1990, between sophomore and junior year in high school. My parents convinced me to do it. I really didn’t want to. I thought it was petty and bourgeois, and I would have rather spent my summer doing something else. Like drinking beers, smoking cigarettes, and going on... Continue Reading →

Counter Counternarratives

As the moderator of the “Counternarratives of Women of Color in Academia” event, I introduced myself as a second-generation Filipina-American. This was the first thing I said about who I was, Before I even talked about my position in the academy, my intellectual and community interests, And blah blah blah. Identity. Salience. What really matters... Continue Reading →

Bare Roots

When you are an Asian immigrant family living in the Midwest during the 1970’s and 80’s, your guests are your extended family. Your extended family is comprised of non-blood related aunties, uncles, cousins, and godparents, scattered geographically across sundry suburbs but within an hour’s drive of each other. You are yoked together by a shared... Continue Reading →

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