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.

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 to [Not] Pronounce Eritrea

AIR-REE-TREE-UH is a common incorrect pronunciation of EH-REE-THRAH alternatively EH-REE-THREE-YAH a country in North East Africa. compare video and audio below to hear the difference How to Actually Pronounce Eritrea

4 Eritrean Superstitions & Beliefs

I learned new superstitions in Eritrea this past summer, and others are gleaned from my mother’s musings.

Could I Handle Asmara’s Attitude?

Anecdotes of cultural clashes in Asmara and coming to my senses after a series of less pleasant encounters with Asmarinos.