This experimental writing explores the meaning of home and belonging in the context of border, margins, and migration. Rooted in the politics of memory, this essay explores the messiness of human emotions and the complex ways in which the self is (re)configured between and within border spaces. Through journeys in Penang, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem, I turn inward to unpack the multilayered intersections of gender, race, class, nationality, and religion that color my life's journey, shedding light on moments when encounters generate questions about agency, humanity, and identity, and when, sometimes, the longing for home involves the unmaking of the longing itself.
The Shape of a Life
Azza Basarudin is Lecturer in the Department of Gender Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. Correspondence to: Azza Baraudin, Department of Gender Studies, University of California Los Angeles, Box 951504, 1120 Rolfe Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Azza Basarudin; The Shape of a Life. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2019; 8 (2): 24–34. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.2.24
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