repeat after me:
1. our immigrant families are not just ‘homophobic’ they are also ‘colonized.’
2. our parents have histories, genders, and sexualities, too.
3. they are just as broken as we are (but we have the words — i mean the english — to say it)
4. the diaspora responds to racism with heteronormativity
5. trauma seeps through generations
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because immigrants have always been particularly prone to repetition - it’s something to do with that experience of moving from West to East or East to West or from island to island. even when you arrive, you’re still going back and forth; your children are going round and round. there’s no proper term for it - original sin seems too harsh; maybe original trauma would be better.
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