18 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Validations

I think this is a powerful quote from poet and artist Nayyrihah Waheed completely validates my immigrant experience. We often speak about the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. but not enough is said about how we actually get treated once we have sacrificed everything to be here. It almost makes the sacrifices not worth it. I […]

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01 April 2015 ~ 6 Comments

Is Migration Really Beautiful?

Today is a very special day. It was four years ago, today, that the U.S. government initiated removal proceedings against me. I am not only here–but now I have lawful status, and on an expedited pathway to U.S. citizenship. (This does not stop people from sending me hate mail, which goes to prove the ‘we support […]

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06 October 2014 ~ 5 Comments

Freedom

It’s hard to imagine how a fish can survive without water, how a plant can live without sunlight, how a human can survive without air. Actually, it is rather impossible. And I can no longer do it. I went home on August 22, 2014, for the first time in 14 years, 9 months and 9 […]

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29 September 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Addressing Brain Drain

Commodore Bainimarama’s speech to the UN General Assembly last month: Fiji has suffered more than 20 years of mismanagement, corruption, and nepotism. Our infrastructure, our judicial system, and our systems of accountability have all remained underdeveloped and unproductive. Many of our finest brains have left the country to migrate, because they could see no future […]

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19 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

In Some Immigration News Across the Borders – Canada Holds Online Film Festival on Migration

I want to take time out to do this, at least every weekend. Let me know if the comparative / international perspective is helpful and something the blog readers would find interesting. This is by no means comprehensive; just under-reported news I found noteworthy and/or fascinating. Debating 120,000 year old migration route? A new study […]

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