Identity

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Undoing Heterotemporality

In a heteronormative, capitalist society, there is an expected sequence of life events that form the human experience.

  • 08/25/2021
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Architectural Roots

I want to uncover the cultural history of the dilapidated buildings that dot our landscape, enabling us to more fully appreciate and reflect on Norwegian American history as a country of immigrants.

  • 08/25/2021
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Planning a Life

You don’t bother to tell her about the pineapples back home and how fruit vendors peel the outer skin with machetes and sell them on wooden skewers, or on hot days, sell juices of freshly pulverized pineapples, complete with foam on top.

  • 08/25/2021
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Outer Experiences

There is, however, another layer to the mission: explore what it means to be a Black Minnesotan.

  • 04/23/2021
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Halee Kirkwood: A Sense of Belonging

Place is defined by the stories we tell, and each place has a story that must be told.

  • 03/25/2021
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Wholeness Is…

In this time of COVID, enduring the relative isolation, I have thought about the lessons in patience and sheer endurance in Korea’s origin story.

  • 10/25/2020
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“What Are You Doing Here?”

A version of this essay originally appeared as part of the #MinneAsianStories series produced by the Council for Asian American Leaders.

  • 07/24/2020
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Identification in Non-Binary Terms

Being a feminist is not about defining the world as patriarchy or matriarchy, or even about correcting the notion that gender determines abilities. It is about building equality into all of our social and economic ecosystems.

  • 05/26/2020
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The Intersectional Life

Who am I? It might seem like a simple question, but we cannot pare down an entire person into a

  • 01/01/2019
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The Pretty or the Brave

The year I transitioned femme-ward, in 2014, they called me brave. Was it because I was so unapologetic? Or was

  • 01/01/2019
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Meghan Kreidler: Dual Identity on Stage

Meghan Kreidler can shift into different categories easily. As a tall, multiracial actor, she often is cast as a strong,

  • 01/01/2019
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What’s In a Name?

My name is Siena, the 648th most popular girls name in the United States. Unsurprisingly, I have spent an extraordinary amount of

  • 09/01/2018