Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama

Among the lines of scholars, storytellers and indie rockers, you will find Julian Saporiti. Currently at Brown University as a Ph.D.


The time is late. I do not even have to check my clock to tell. What started as a crusade in my bed has slowly crept its way to having set my alarm on my phone, plugging my phone into my charger and sitting cross-legged on my carpeted apartment floor.


“2,000 years of revenge, vendetta and murder. Welcome to Beirut.”

An Excursion to Google

On my way back to the University of Michigan, I tried studying for my biostatistics exam that was waiting for me the upcoming week.

I have always been an avid watcher of television. I was raised on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Disney Channel and learned everything I needed to know from those three channels. All of which helped me become the stunning individual I am today.

What does it mean to be Asian enough?


Black hair.

Off-white skin.

It is in my name.

The home where I was raised.


I contemplate

an early exit

in sparkly,



Heart over head

and hand over heart –


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