Tag: names

Get Back on the Boat

When I think of school I am caught off guard by the multitude of racialized experiences that sent me daily preparing for battle.  I remember the kid that pushed me down in a bus and called me a nigger, stepping on my head as he walked over me and...

A Dissertation Defense

This is a media piece specifically designed to speak to my dissertation titled: Same Same but Different: The Self-Portraiture of a Vietnam War Adoptee and the Poststructural Language of Alterity. The concept is to describe how language has served as a mechanism for my survival as well as my...

Passport

The first name I ever traveled with was Kha Thi Huyền Châu. In Vietnamese, “Huyền Châu” means “black pearl.” I sometimes wonder if the woman who gave me this name wanted to give me a sense of value after is was so obvious that I had none. In the...