" Here’s to the security guards who maybe had a degree in another land. Here’s to the manicurist who had to leave her family to come here, painting the nails, scrubbing the feet of strangers. Here’s to the janitors who don’t even fucking understand English yet work hard despite it all. Here’s to the fast food workers who work hard to see their family smile. Here’s to the laundry man at the Marriott who told me with the sparkle in his eyes how he was an engineer in Peru. Here’s to the bus driver, the Turkish Sufi who almost danced when I quoted Rumi. Here’s to the harvesters who live in fear of being deported for coming here to open the road for their future generation. Here’s to the taxi drivers from Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and India who gossip amongst themselves. Here is to them waking up at 4am, calling home to hear the voices of their loved ones. Here is to their children, to the children who despite it all become artists, writers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, activists and rebels. Here’s to Western Union and Money Gram. For never forgetting home. Here’s to their children who carry the heartbeats of their motherland and even in sleep, speak with pride about their fathers. Keep on.


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Immigrants. First generation.


Ijeoma Umebinyuo.

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" She has the accent of the first boy you kissed, the tall dark skinned boy from Congo who spoke French with a hint of brokenness.


- Ijeoma Umebinyuo (via theijeoma)
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6 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day �
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Man-made �

Very beautifully and articulately written.

Why do we bear the names of men?

Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 4PM permalink
A synthetic sex ratio distortion system for the control of the human malaria mosquito : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group �

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Genetically modifying mosquitoes so there’s a higher chance of male offspring to counteract malaria. That is so interesting!

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 11AM permalink
Why I Can't Delete a Digital Moment I Don't Even Remember �
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The moment you realize you have been subconsciously missing someone so much that they started turning up in your dreams.

sigh.

A “Nature” submission?!? “Dr. Liang”?!?!?!
I can’t. even.

A “Nature” submission?!? “Dr. Liang”?!?!?!

I can’t. even.

"I hope your work visa fails"

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 2AM
A: I'll be leaving tomorrow... assuming my Visa passes. :D
S: I hope your Visa fails.
A: HEY. Although... you're not going to be here much longer either!
S: Yeah, but if you're here, I can come see you when I have a free day.