The story behind one of the most famous Middle-Eastern dancers in the West, who was determined to become more than a spectacle.
Yes, I speak and understand Urdu. Yes, that is an American accent you hear. You want to know what I am doing here? Some days I am not so sure myself.
I wanted to prove that my family did not immigrate to the United States in vain.
Sorry y'all, but adding mango and pineapple to a plate doesn't actually make it "Jamaican."
Is this who I am now? I thought. Is the only Indian thing about me my skin?
I underestimated the emotional difficulty I’d have with connecting to Indian culture.
Sometimes, I still feel angry, more often than sometimes, I feel guilty or ashamed.
As I struggled to preserve my ethnic identity and avoid being too conventional, I found myself romanticizing my culture and being miserable at my own prom.
Here's an idea: don't make a TV show on a major network about Somali jihadists.
Talk about badass- they accomplished incredible things, all while advocating for Palestine and keeping their homeland alive, no matter where they live.
For diaspora kids, our histories are being written by all the spaces we inhabit in our rich, varied and divided lives.
Because how could they know what this country means to me despite all her imperfections?