This creative nonfiction essay explores the liminality and power dynamics in the spaces that I, as an immigrant woman of color and an upper-caste, upper-class Indian, occupy. I offer poetic interludes to acknowledge the impact of transnational movement on ideas of the self. The multimodal creative essay follows a “reverse” way of making knowledge—it begins with knowing, then moves into learning, and finally into being. In the process of crafting this paper, I work backward to unlearn and relearn who I am. Drawing inspiration from postcolonial, feminist, and critical race theories, I question the permanence of knowing oneself.

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