Tag: identity

Hemon’s Book of Lives

Aleksandar Hemon’s book of essays, The Book of My Lives reminded me that when I moved back home after failing to make it on my own after college, Yugoslavians were leaving their homes to escape what The Atlantic called “horrific acts of ethnic…

Axel Greece

An 80s song for an 80s story. There are two very enigmatic men in Lyddie’s life: Phelps, her botanist husband, who has been missing for several months, and Axel, a self-absorbed East German artist she met several years ago when…

Rango: A Kiddie Vision Quest

The one thing everyone kept telling me about Rango was that it wasn’t a "kid’s film." With the ticket price what it is in New York, it was enough for me to tell my boys we’d wait for the film…

Native Tongue

I want my children to learn Chinese because: I’m Chinese. It is important to me that my children retain a cultural connection. I have always regretted that I am illiterate in my parent’s language. It was always a given that…