Identity and the Hyphen

Recently, I engaged Jhumpa Lahiri, “When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine” from Interpreter of Maladies, Ha Jin, “Children as Enemies,” “Shame,” and “An English Professor,” from A Good Fall, Amy Tan, “Two Kinds,” from Joy Luck Club, Mohja Kahf, “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” from Emails from […]

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Goldin and the Fluidity of Gender

The struggle to redefine gender classifications goes beyond individual expression and sexual preference. It requires mapping the domain of the ultimate fulfillment of identity and the affects of this internal struggle on the individual. To traverse these potentially turbulent social and personal waters, art offers valuable and varied insight that is worth exploring. Recently, the […]

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I am Italian-American; I am White

Growing up I was often curious about my ethnicity; I am of German, Italian, English, French, Irish, and Scottish descent.  Though I come from multiple ethnic backgrounds, I particularly identify with my Italian heritage.  The origin of my Italianness is my maternal grandfather whose parents came from Naples and Sicily.  His ethnicity featured largely in […]

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What’s in a Name?

A name is a series of letters combined together to work as a social signifier of an individual in society. The name given to a person is meant to represent that person from the day they are born indefinitely. If someone knows your name it is an endearing quality that is often equated to some […]

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Identity Jihad: Yours, Mine, Ours

As I was reading through the book “Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran”, I found myself contemplating the common theme of identity and how socially fluid this construct can be. Author Azadeh Moaveni eloquently discusses the intricacies of identity and how fluid the definitions can be. Azadeh […]

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