Category: the Margin

Cause & Affect

Growing up in New Mexico gave me the chance to understand the importance of cultural identity, even if it was not mine that I was learning about. Our history lessons included field trips to the landmarks of victory and defeat for the Mexican, Spanish, Chicano, and Native American (23...

Something About Education

Almost 10 years ago I was a teacher at Golden High School, and I created this class called Contemporary Literature and Identity. I was trying to put color and cultures into the literature students read. The voting board of department teachers was super supportive and unanimously voted on its...

Branded Rhetoric

Anti-black sentiment is long-standing in Asian communities and has impacted me personally with regard to colorism. The issue is so extreme that skin bleaching or color-fading products are given to young people in efforts to lighten skin. One only has to look at K-pop or Asian models to understand...

My Apathetic Outrage

I think I’m supposed to be out there doing something. I think I’m supposed to be using my voice to raise critical consciousness and dogged resolve to reform the systemic racial injustice that persists. In education. On Reservations. On the streets where the blood of black bodies continually trickles...

The Curious Case of Allyship

This is my daughter. A couple of years ago, we took a road trip down south to the Great Sand Dunes and she started doing backbends and cartwheels and all of her gymnastics contortionist moves in the sand, the whipping wind pushing against her as she sought to find...

The Shake Sisters

The Shake Sisters worked at the street-side shop around the corner from our housing complex. They were probably 13 or 14-years-old and as adroit at sales as they were at making mango smoothies. Foreign students daily graced their shop and sat in small plastic chairs meant for children, their...

The Process of Reinvention

I once wrote a narrative about the time I failed land navigation at ROTC boot camp. I was out there in the Kentucky wilderness with a hundred other cadets roaming around trying to find 10 points on a topical map. I only found 6 before the bullhorn sounded (a...

The Fear That I Have Failed

This is one of those curious days that makes me stop and take stock of my life. It is the day when history comes back to remind me that the circumstances of one’s birth do not necessarily dictate the circumstances of one’s life. Many of my fellow adoptees post...

The Time to Throw Stars

Yesterday, Scott and I discussed social media and the ups and downs of scrolling through countless posts of gloom and doom in the time of global crisis. It’s necessary but taxing on the human spirit—something that’s sorely needed if we are to endure the pandemic and its long-reaching outcomes....

A Seat at the Table

Judith Butler, an American philosopher, has spent her academic career discussing gender theory (among other things) with a strong emphasis on what it means to “perform gender”. That is, that we act and do things in accordance with our gender whether we ascribe to those norms set forth by...