the new, new: a diaspora take on the #selfie + mini albaso tutorial

selfies are revolutionary, especially for myself, a second-generation American of Eritrean descent. the new, new is a self-made prophecy that touches on the formation of diasporic identity through traditional and modern fashion. this post also features a mini-tutorial of the albaso hairstyle which is traditionally worn by Eritrean women of the Tigrinya tribe.

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The Deacon

An evening with a young Eritrean deacon takes place nowhere, in particular, but in the depths of my heart.

The Commute: A Story from Hollywood and Highland

When you find introspection in the form of an underground subway art installation two thousand four hundred fifty miles away from home

Saeed: An Asmara Love Story

A foreigner and a handsome local meet at a dress shop. The foreigner requests a custom-made outfit. The local is a garment worker at the shop and now assigned to make the dress. What will happen once they lock eyes?

How I Learned to Love My Name

The meaning of “Ariam” and the reason why I stopped mispronouncing my name [on purpose]

Poem: Amerikawit

Amerikawit is a poem about a young American woman whose figure and language skills makes her feel inferior to the locals in a small African country.

How to Navigate Ketema as a Diaspora II

Part 2 of tips aimed to guide diaspora in Maekel Ketema – [the neighborhood] in the African city that never sleeps.