"To Resist Being Unseen", my essay about institutional racism in new zealand, featured in the rumpus "This week in essays"
I am happy to share that "To Resist Being Unseen", my essay about a traumatic experience with the New Zealand Police during my first year as a PhD student, was featured in The Rumpus's This Week in Essays. I struggled to place this essay, but thankfully Another Chicago Magazine, which was one of my dream journals since I was a high school student in the Philippines, stepped in to run the essay. It only goes to show that if you have a story that matters, don't stop believing in it, even if others think it's too risky or outrageous to be publishable. Let's not stop raising our voices against those who seek to erase us!
"To resist being unseen," an essay about institutional racism in new zealand, published in another chicago magazine
In 2015, when I was beginning my PhD in New Zealand, I was hit by a car while crossing the street. Instead of receiving any reparations, the police mangled my statement to show that I was equally at fault for what happened, ignoring key parts of my testimony (like the fact that I the driver stopped when I held up my hands and screamed, only to drive straight into me). I used this experience to write about institutional racism in New Zealand, and how people of colour carry a lingering trauma from having their rights routinely ignored in white settler states. This essay was rejected several times before finding a home with Another Chicago Magazine, thanks to Sandi Wisenberg, who helped me make this essay the best it could be with her astute edits. Read the full essay here.
I would like to thank The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for recognizing my academic and artistic achievements with a Love of Learning Award. I was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi after graduating magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines in 2007, and I am thankful for the ongoing support they have provided for my career, which includes my recent Love of Learning Award. More information about my award can be found here. As a recipient of one of their rewards, they also made me a Merit Page, which is pretty rad.
A full list of 2019 recipients can be found here. It's nice to see two of my alma maters (University of the Philippines, University of Texas at Austin) represented in this list.