10 Oct, 2018

devastation…

10 Oct, 2018

Photo: Courtesy Getty (via the Guardian) On September 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The city of Palu was destroyed as were other...

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13 Sep, 2018

exploring little tokyo…

13 Sep, 2018

One afternoon, while exploring Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, my friend Jamie and I stumbled on murals designed by Bunnie Reiss.

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stories all around us…

General Manager Mahbubul Alam, Liberation War Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh (photo from my 2013 Bangladesh visit and interview) Yesterday, I returned to the printer cartridge store where I had purchased toner...

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24 Mar, 2018

march for our lives…

24 Mar, 2018

On our second last day of spring break, Minal made sure that we woke up early to take LA Metro to Union Station. Once at the station, we joined...

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23 Mar, 2018

taking a break…

23 Mar, 2018

This week, our spring break, René, Minal, and I boarded a flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which is just two hours away from Los Angeles. When we landed in...

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revisiting the border…

the Texas-Mexico fence at Old Hidalgo Pumphouse Last week, I dipped into the Rio Grande Valley for 24-hours to participate in an arts and literature festival. The morning after...

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23 Feb, 2018

recovering….

23 Feb, 2018

Photo by Vicente Lozano Three weeks have passed since I performed On Belonging inside the Menil Collection’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel and set up the installation on the tree outside...

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26 Jan, 2018

on belonging in houston…

26 Jan, 2018

On Belonging survey response cards placed on ajrak, a fabric from Sindh, Pakistan and Gujarat, India; participants’ mothers’ born in (left) China (right) Thailand Houston weather has been good...

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09 Dec, 2017

a tribute to nora…

09 Dec, 2017

Minal’s painting dedicated to Nora Nora, our family’s beloved cat, passed away two days ago. Minal, René and I created a collaborative post in memory of her: We miss...

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my tortoise is trans…

November 2015: Oskar and René’s wedding “My tortoise is trans,” comments Tina. “She’s female actually,” explains Tina’s brother John. “But even though we’ve had the tortoise for more than...

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