Michigan in Color


Right off the bat  — I barely did anything during quarantine. I didn’t write the next King Lear, I barely studied for the LSAT, and my pile of to-be-read books went down by exactly four.


Throughout American history, the nation’s culture and mainstream ideologies have undergone significant changes, but one sentiment that has stood the test of time is the concept of the American Dream. This dream states that we can achieve anything we want if we work hard enough.


Content warning: This piece discusses sexual assault.


Family friends playing traditional Arabic instruments at my grandparents’ wedding in Beirut, Lebanon (1972)

I tend to see myself in the art I consume. It’s not my intention to make things about myself, but the ambiguity of art forces me to explore deeper within. Any room left for interpretation becomes a mirror of my experiences — a window into my story.


Wildcat strike. When I first heard this term, it seemed something feral, yet unavoidable, similar to when you mistreat an animal for long enough and it finally decides to bite back.

Pat Bates (left), a member of YJF and Aaron Kinzel, one of the founders, speak about their experiences with the prison system and rehabilitation in Ypsilanti July 16.

Disclaimer: Not all the writers of this piece are POC. Although MiC is an exclusively POC space, we felt this piece was important to share as a collaborative work as it upholds the standards, values and mission of MiC.


Growing up as “that one Asian kid” in a community where the average civilian resembled Gary Busey more than myself, I devised several methods to fit in with the other children at school.


Transferring to Michigan was a daunting new beginning for me last year despite having been in college for two years.


I joined Michigan in Color as an eager freshman trying to find my community and place at the University of Michigan. For much of high school I was always known as the outspoken, political feminist girl, and that is still an identity I hold closely today.

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Through MiC, I am constantly in community and in conversation with thinkers and storytellers of my generation. I have learned from and been inspired by the voices around me as we connect our ancestral traumas and joys.