A Habit: Code switching and Reading the Room

In a linguistic context, wikipedia (my credible source of choice) defines code switching as: “when a speaker alternates between two or more languages, or language varieties, in the context of a single conversation. Multilinguals, speakers of more than one language, sometimes use elements of multiple languages when conversing with each other.”   Being bilingual (in

Take a Joke!

“Oh, take a joke!” is my second favorite way to feel invalidated by a White person.   Right after “okay, but, where are you from from?”   Yes, please continue to call my humor and personhood into question. I love it!   Obviously, I mean this ironically.   Please, reader of this small column, don’t

A Conversation with my Mom about Artificiality

It took four different calls. The first call was three-and-a-half seconds long—my ears heard the first ring go through, but it was my thumb that decided to respond as it immediately hit the red button to tell my phone, “Nope, Riva’s not ready yet.” A moment later, my brain jumped into the discussion and argued