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To the little girl with the plaits in her hair…

To the little girl with the plaits in her hair…
To the little girl with the plaits in her hair, Unispora- Samara's Family With her passport in hand and a jump in her step, you are about to see snow for the first time. Well, actually I mean sleet – that frustrating kind of precipitate stuck somewhere between...
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Complicated and Confident

Complicated and Confident
Complicated and Confident: What it’s like to Grow Up in the First Generation of Multicultural Madness The United States is truly unique in that it has such a beautiful selection of cultures from every corner of the world, all coming together to live in a new country for the prospect of opportunity and the delight of...
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“I am here and elsewhere”

“I am here and elsewhere”
In the in-betweens, the grey scales, the rope walker, that's where I find myself. Floating on the ocean of cultures, histories, languages, and two polar opposite governments. I am all and nothing. I am here and elsewhere. My identity, unlike my fingerprint, cannot be simply captured. Your narrow mindedness tries to make a check box out of me. To fit skin...
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My Own Home

My Own Home
My Own Home When I think of Home I don’t think of a place I don’t think of trapping walls or ceilings That minimize my cultural space   I don’t think of the red white and blue That is prominent in both my flags Or the stars and coat of arms that I proudly salute   I don’t think of one spoken...
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“A glimmer of hope…”

“A glimmer of hope…”
Both of my parents were born and raised in Haiti but migrated to the United States in their 20’s. I was born in this country but as one can imagine, I had to assimilate to two completely different cultures growing up. At home, I spoke mostly Creole because of my grandmother who lived with us...
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“I’m Korean, but not really.”

“I’m Korean, but not really.”
1. Why did your family move to the U.S.? It was all part of the “American Dream”. My dad was one of those ambitious Asians that wanted to immigrate to a great country out there for a better living for himself and most importantly, his family. It took him years to figure out when exactly that...
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“South Asian-American trapped me…”

“South Asian-American trapped me…”
My name is Priyanka Srinivasa and I used to believe that I am made of a cacophony of inharmonious collisions. My pain began with the incessant sharp prick of the hyphen that jarred me between two worlds. I was born South Asian- American after my parents immigrated across the ocean to Canada from a small...
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I look VERY Ghanaian…at least to me.

I look VERY Ghanaian…at least to me.

I’m never quite sure how to begin these personal narratives. It’s much like when someone asks me where I’m from and I respond Ghana only to have that person look at me blankly because,  “I don’t look or sound Ghanaian”. The idea that I don’t look Ghanaian always makes me laugh because I...

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“As a female Indian living in America…”

“As a female Indian living in America…”
  1. Why did your family move to the US? My parents moved to the US because they knew that there were more opportunities for them that being back home in India did not necessarily provide. Specifically, occupational.
  2. Tell me about your childhood. I was born and raised in America, but since my parents were the first generation from India...
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Invisibly In-Between

Invisibly In-Between
The sky began to darken as we commenced our journey to Reno, Nevada from Southern California. We were headed to our first Efik convention, one that would allow us to experience a slice of our Nigerian home and culture in The States. There were six of us in the rental mini van: Dad, Mom, my...
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Unispora Video: Meet Stephanie

Unispora Video: Meet Stephanie
"...My mom, because she spoke Spanish she wasn't aware of the resources out there for little people. And as I grew older I started looking for things on my own. I'm the only one in my family with a disability. However, I don't think that I have a disability because there's a lot of people...
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