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...

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...

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 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...

The Beds of Trucks

As Jimmy turns onto Highway 9, I hear the roll of the can and the ping ping of metal against metal as it comes to rest in the corner. I look back through the sliding window. “What’s that?” I ask. “WD-40,” he says, eyes straight ahead, not even glancing...

Insignificance

I saw Mt. Fuji only once from the small, plastic window that allowed me to view our ascension. In only the briefest second I could capture its steep, sloping sides, rising to form a great, chasm-like mouth that stretched above the highest clouds to take a gulp of the...