Michigan in Color

mic
People wearing protective masks in Macau, China

News Flash! You can criticize the Chinese Communist government and the Chinese imperialism sympathizers for the coronavirus epidemic while standing against racism and xenophobia, as you should.

-

Sunday is my day for laundry. My self-care day. It sounds odd that throwing dryer sheets would be my healing space, but it is something I will always be able to do for and by myself. I find a certain peace in the lonesomeness. And a certain endless possibility within it.

Destruction of Aztec Spaces and Identities Painting.

Destruction of Aztec Spaces and Identities Painting.

Shea tree

Her voice was like shea butter, from

African trees where healing grows 

Her skin was the bark, pushing

through clay and stony soil and racism

-

As soon as I stepped into the harshly-lit, humid and ever-so-crowded Beirut airport, familiarity flooded my senses. Anxiety did as well, as it had ever since I boarded the plane from Rome.

Lennon Wall at Quarry Bay bus terminal with flyers and messages of resistance under the bridge. In the middle, candles were set up on the floor to mourn the deaths of those who died by suicide or died during the movement.

As I walk on the corners of Nathan Road where I had the fondest memories of my teenage years, I see water cannons and riot police with their rifles and I start coughing from the teargas as I try to find the nearest train station on New Year’s Eve.

-

Forward: I have written extensively about how my Indian and American identities have shaped and influenced who I am as a person today.

.

In the past three years at this university, I’ve learned a ton. Most of my learning has been done outside of the classroom, however, I have also learned by actively taking part in movements, issues and communities that challenge me to think about the world critically.

.

For much of my life, my identity as a woman of color was rooted in embarrassment. I hid my weekend activities, which were always Carnatic music class, Bharatanatyam class, and Bala Vihar (study of Hindu scriptures).

.

As a little girl, nothing brought me more joy and excitement than dancing. My parents recognized this and were quick to enroll me in dance classes, in an attempt to encourage my curiosity for the performing arts.