“I don’t speak Turkish or Arabic, don’t know how to pray, don’t know how to be anything other than American; internment will be its own foreign country. But maybe I’ll have a lot of time to read, to study Turkish, to learn to pray.”
“When my feet turned back home after college graduation, your dreams were just starting to put their shoes on. In my memory, you’re still 14 and on your first job. At 24, a first-time supervisor, I was book-smart and street-dumb as they come.”
“On our honeymoon we visited Japan. It was her first time. It was the last time I saw my mother well. I wanted to introduce Mina to the people and all the places from my childhood. I wanted to have new adventures with her too.”
“I was struck with panic when the car ran over her small body.” / “Me estrujó el pánico cuando pasaron los carros sobre su pequeño cuerpo…”
“We kept the television on the chair with all its nerves exposed. I worried that it was a fire hazard to have the cathode tube, the wiring and the circuit board exposed and hanging over the chair, but we weren’t going to buy a new television.”
If you haven’t done so already make sure to read our Fall 2015 Issue: Tierra/Home edited by Vanessa Martir.