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 […]Read more "Identity and the Hyphen"
I am hyper sensitive to immigration issues. Growing up in southern New Mexico, just 45 minutes from the border of Mexico, I have listened to the politics and emotions that come with border conflicts my entire life. My viewpoint is skewed, as I have personally witnessed friends and co-workers battling to bring their family to […]Read more "Reflections on the fabric of immigration"
As a soon to be graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program I can say that I’ve been filling out a lot of job applications, hoping that some museum somewhere will give me a chance. Yet with all of these job applications never have I had to check a box […]Read more "Twentieth Century Witch Hunt"
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 […]Read more "Goldin and the Fluidity of Gender"
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 […]Read more "I am Italian-American; I am White"
American women’s fashion was perhaps at its most feminine during the 1950s. Cinched waists, large busts, full hips, and red lips made up the style known as “The New Look.” It was also at this time that members of the lesbian community in America had to choose to be either a “butch” or a “femme.” […]Read more "The Ultra-Feminine “Femme” of the 1950s"
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 […]Read more "What’s in a Name?"
“My musical journeys have reminded me that the interactions brought about by globalization don’t just destroy culture; they can create new culture and invigorate and spread traditions that have existed for ages.” Yo-Yo Ma Concerts are not quiet affairs, at least, not the ones that I prefer. To some people, a performance means an auditorium, […]Read more "Music and Multiculturalism: The Silk Road Project"
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 […]Read more "Identity Jihad: Yours, Mine, Ours"
Growing up in a strict, white middle-class household, I always found myself confused about why my parents thought education was so important. They always made sure to remind me that A was the only acceptable grade to receive, in hopes I would be the first in my immediate family to get a college diploma, as […]Read more "Chasing the American Dream: A lesson in stereotypes"