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Yo: vengo de una tierra que grita montañas y susurra un rio pequeño donde la naturaleza enfrenta a la urbanización donde la riqueza de cultura enfrenta a los empobrecidos, gente sacrificada por un socialismo falso Yo: de una historia ancestral larga, compleja, desconocida hija de un matriarcado con poder a través de trauma y violencia años de adversidad, sacrificio, sumisión para llegar aquí, en el momento de migración Yo: me trasladaron las olas del poscolonialismo y globalización dominantes me trasladaron las manos de mi mama, estresadas y callosas a una tierra blanca, fría, implacable y me convertí en la criatura de la diáspora estadounidense Nunca aquí, nunca allá Ni ecuatoriana ni estad

Out of the closet, and into the rainforest?

I’m writing this from Tzawata, the small Amazonian community in which I’ve been living for the past 3 weeks. We are going back to Quito tomorrow, and then the program is ending and I’m going back to the United States. I feel a strange combination of relief and excitement to see my family again and to go back to all the comforts of American life like fast wi-fi and being able to use my credit card everywhere, but also a certain amount of unwillingness to leave and dread to go back to what I would consider “my real life.” Although in some ways life here is much more real than my quite privileged existence in college. Ironically even though there have been so many times where I’ve felt stifled

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