There is nothing new about immigrants in media, but in the ages of digital media and anti-immigrant sentiment, this is a time to celebrate the contributions of first and second -generation Americans who give us stories that remind us of the beautiful complexities of being an American. Their stories are examples of what it means for us who are both, neither, or something else without shame. While some chant “send them back” we are the epitome of what it means to be unapologetically American. Unapologetically U.S.
In the ‘Journal’ (see Menu) I offer reflections of my personal journey to navigating my identity as a second-generation American.
In “Profiles” I discuss the creatives who use their platforms to unabashedly celebrate their hybridity and advocate for causes affecting immigrant generations.
In ‘Reviews’ I share my analysis of film, music, and television content created by or centering on first and second generation stories.
For some, this blog will be an introduction to these artists, entrepreneurs, storytellers, and stories. For others, I hope this blog will be affirmation that while some of us may have homes away from the United States, we–the marginalized, disenfranchised, illegimated (I’m a poet, I can make up words) and ignored–belong here too.
In the ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ sections you can learn more about me as a writer, scholar, educator, and consultant. Look forward to sharing this journey of self-discovery, affirmation and celebration of who we are in all our diversity!
In the words of the masterful wordsmith Langston Hughes:
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—
I, too, am America.