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Without Borders Newsletter #15

On Race and Identity

Featured stories on Race and Identity

Personal borders are borders of self identity — limits to who we are, what we can do and who we can be in this world. They are often borders we impose on ourselves or the world imposes on us.

Identity as defined on dictionary.com includes the the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks and/or expressions that make a person or a group of people(collective identity as pre-eminent in sociology)”.

Identity can be a personal border. There are aspects about our identity we can’t change — perhaps your race, where you are born and to whom you are born. However, there are many aspects that we can change and most of these include labels, untruths, and stereotypes imposed on us.

In the past and to some extent in the present, being black has been seen as a limitation. Therefore, I sometimes find myself invisibly handicapped because of the said beliefs I have held about my identity.

Although, we can’t change what has happened in history, we can change the things we wish to carry forward about our identity. It is Black History month in the U.S. and as a person of color and immigrant living in the U.S., It is an important time to think about what I know and has been said about my identity, my race and my potential.

In the past and to some extent in the present, being black has been seen as a limitation. Therefore, I sometimes find myself invisibly handicapped because of the said beliefs I have held about my identity. However, I am becoming more and more aware of what is true about my identity when I let go and challenge what has been said.

How are you learning and challenging what you know about your identity? What you know about other people’s identities?

We have pooled a collection of stories and poems together that touch on the idea of race and identity in America and in places around the world! These stories are tagged “featured stories” on our page. Visit our page to read more.

Without Borders Magazine Issue 002

Instagram.com/Wo_borders

Our next issue of the Without Borders Magazine hopes to be a collective journal of our thoughts, feelings and experiences of 2020 in order to process and get past these repressed feelings and thoughts for better healing and for a life without Borders. Borders are not just physical limitations but are mental, emotional, and health challenges that may affect our everyday lives.

Submissions Open — January 15th to February 28th
Content: Stories, Poetry and Experiences of immigrants, travelers and people without borders
Theme: Borders aren’t just physical limitations
How to submit: Send us your draft through our email (Withoutborders94@gmail.com)
Who can submit: Without Borders Writers, Readers and Followers

Here is Our Top Recent Stories

Pick a story or poem that speaks to you then read, comment and support our fellow writers

Dusty Around The Eyes - Jim Latham

“(Names change colors when you are dusty around the eyes. Watch a gerenuk at sunset while listening to a Walkman).These two odd sentences are mnemonics I constructed to remind myself of chains of thought that occurred to me while learning to do anthropological fieldwork in East Africa. Searching the forests of the Semliki Valley in western Uganda for chimpanzees spawned the first sentence…”

What makes a home?Florence Wanjiku

What makes a home?
is it the brown of my body soaked in Chai tea
or is it the reminder that I didn’t pack enough of myself,
and my country to last the length of immigration.

Being FreeSaumya Hariharan

Freedom equips us
with the wings to skydive on any side,
But there are so many boundaries, so many stops
From where would we get the way
from where or within can we take pride?

Bus Stations On The EquatorJim Latham

“Restaurants near the city’s bus station were my favorite places to eat in Ecuador. Beans, rice, meat — usually chicken — an egg, a small juice. A checked tablecloth, a small TV on a high shelf, a soccer game. All that for a buck...”

How to Visit a Museum During a Pandemic Alex Povolo

“Growing up, I was exposed to many art albums. They represented great collections of paintings and sculpture from around the world. Many of them were inexpensive, and the quality of print was low. Still they afforded an exposure not only to the creative geniuses but their cultures. The older I became the more I dreamed about travelling to the countries they came from and seeing…”

Dekel’s Eyelashes Jim Latham

“The morning sunlight reflecting off the creamy Jerusalem limestone was warm like the hug of a long-lost friend, and I could’ve died happily then, but I’m glad I didn’t, because that afternoon we wound through the maze of the Old City’s Arab Quarter to eat hummus and pita as perfect as…”

What We Lost When World Travel Ground to a HaltStephanie Tolk

“Grounded travelers have been pacing the perimeter of our rooms like caged animals since March. Many of us have canceled more than one journey or forfeited visas. While it’s unsympathetic to complain when people are risking or losing their lives to COVID-19, we can certainly feel gloomy, fidgety, and confined. Thankfully…”

7 Things You Should Know Before Dating a North AmericanSophie Jones

My personal experience: I met him at a bar. I think it was the day I got drunk the most while I am in Canada. He is 1.9m, so it was very easy to notice him dancing in front of the DJ. He looked very funny, with no coordination. As a good South American woman, I started giving him some looks. Soon enough I was by his side, ready to make the first move…”

Build A Level Of Self-Trust By Acting On Your GoalsFlorence Wanjiku

“Sometimes, I am afraid to admit that I am the biggest obstacle to my own dreams. I write and plan my goals then find myself having the same goals a year later. One of the reasons we find ourselves having the same goals year after year is because we haven’t gotten out of our way to achieve them.Your goals should grow…”

Meet Our Writers and Editors Series On Instagram

We want to shine a light on the amazing writers and editors who were bold and willing to share their experiences for our inaugural Issue of the Without Borders Magazine. We can’t thank you enough for your amazing work! The magazine can be purchased through the following links!

https://www.instagram.com/wo_borders/

Everyone meet Sabeena! One of our featured writers and contributor of the Without Borders Magazine! Her article “Torn Between Two Worlds” was a statement to how we all feel when we immigrate, travel or move outside of our boundaries.

During day time I am an Engineer integrating different services and features together. I took up writing on Medium recently as a coping mechanism during the first lockdown. Writers coming together to share their experiences offers a feeling of community, something which I truly longed for in social isolation.

Being an immigrant myself, and having roamed the world for the past 6 years for studies and work, I have had the opportunity of interacting with different cultures and seeing my own culture from a newer perspective. I loved the concept of the publication ‘Without Borders’ on Medium where immigrants and travelers like me came together to share our stories and formed a small community exchanging our experiences and I am very excited to see Without Borders expand their journey to newer domains!

A final note

Let’s welcome new writers — Lexus Ndiwe, Patrick Duane, Fareeha Arshad, Dawn, Sh*t Happens - Lost Girl Travel, and Citizen Upgrade ✨✨✨✨. As always we thank you for your active participation and contribution. Support your fellow writes by reading, sharing, and commenting on their work.

Our stories, poems and experiences are without borders!

Editor,

Florence Wanjiku

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