Tag: identity


A Brief Encounter with Asli Jaamac Muse Blog

serendipitously, Ayeeyo Asli//my grandmother came to america a couple of days before 9/11. she was bedazzazled with gold jewelry that had emerald stones and wore a thick african tunic dress that bore a heavy scent of ‘uud//incense. her blue eyes were -/weary/- the long flight, – /animated/- the reunion with her daughter after so long and -/haunted/- the civil war does things to you. she...

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A Conversation with Muna Ahmed and Khadija Charif Blog / Featured

Muna Ahmed and Khadija Charif are two emerging Minnesota-based photographers. After attending their exhibits “Behind Both Fences” (Muna Ahmed) and “Jaded Youth” (Khadija Charif) on view at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis this past April, we spoke more about their work. Safia Aidid: In “Jaded Youth” and “Behind Both Fences,” you both mediate on the tensions and contradictions of the Somali American...

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The Politics of Being Somali in East Africa Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches #4 Arusha – These last few weeks in Arusha have taught me what it means to exist as a body that is read differently from the average Tanzanian. There’s no question that my Blackness gives me a particular kind of African membership, but my body is still viewed peculiarly. My hair produces the greatest confusion. When it is uncovered people ask me if I’m...

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A Brief Exploration of Somali Diasporic Identity Blog

For all intents and purposes, this piece centres around an ostensibly un-Somali topic: coffee shops. I love coffee. I daydream about coffee. I audibly squeal with joy when I taste a perfectly brewed cup. I could spend the equivalent of full working days in cafés and roasteries, relishing in the (expected) moment of returning home to sniff the faint odours of coffee beans that have married...

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