Posts tagged passport
Americanah & Moving West

But that was just it. I had to fit in wherever I went. Nobody else had to mould their ways to engage with my understanding of identity and belonging…

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When the Chameleon Grew Pale

When the little chameleon girl was born, she was completely green, just like her parents. On her first day in kindergarten she was shocked to find out that no one else was green, the other kids were mostly purple...

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STEPH

It is an Indonesian superstition that figments from your nightmares are brought into the world via mirrors as you sleep. As an adult I don't believe the superstitions anymore, but I'm in no hurry to sleep with a mirror opposite my bed either...

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The Art of Seduction: TCK Male Chronicles

For the sake of science, and the greater cause of humanity, one TCK-male set off on an empirical journey to discover the romantic intricacies of women, worldwide. On his quest into unchartered territories (well, not completely unchartered, but how many can claim a voyage to woo the world?), he propositioned females from different countries... 

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How to Separate the Men From the Boys

If you thought this could only happen in Pakistan, you are wrong. It happened in Singapore, and it even happened in Australia (even though there, I had to earn my spot in earnest)...

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AVA

My floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the city street doesn't stop me boogie-ing alone in my underpants at home. Melbourne's ideals about acceptance, love and normalisation of a woman's body have helped me shrug off nakedness as no big deal...

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ANAM

Pakistan has been flagged by the Australian government as a "terrorist country" and yet I consider it home...

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PAUL

My passports have always been issued from abroad. In the 1980s my passports were changed to blue "Z" instead of the standard blue. I was treated like a second class citizen each time I “returned” to the US and travelling in my 20's through Europe with it in the Cold War was sheer hell on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain...  

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Home

My sense of belonging fluctuates like an erratic pulse and my nationalistic pride skyrockets when faced with a belligerent non-Pakistani who questions the mess my country has become...

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