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“Are You Really Sisters?”

The only means for talking about our mixed heritage was the ‘adorable’ contrast between ‘the girls,’ as we were called: one light, one dark; same parents, different skin.

The author [right] and her sister


the girls

The author [left] with her mother and sister

What are you, Dutch?

No trips to TijuanaThey’d never let your sister back over the border.

Same Family, Different Colorscolorism


The author’s sister and father

culturally mixed



’s essay is included  in the anthology A Map Is Only One Story, forthcoming from Catapult in February 2020.