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Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities

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As I write poetry and short-stories, I take part in two worlds unapologetically--that of research in a higher institution and engagement with my family and the respective communities I am a part of. As I encountered difficulty in certain academic places that were not inclusive to writers like me, I found liberation in the sphere of artistic expression. In uncovering erased histories through creative writing, I find the sacred space to heal, resist, and empower as I make sense of my positionality through reflection. I also highlight my own ‘small’ resistances where I fought to re-center myself in interactions that de-centered the perspectives I embody. It is in the space of creative writing that I have begun to capture the emotions of pain, struggle, and beauty of the multi-layered nature of both my spiritual and intellectual journeys.

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Dilreet Dhaliwal majored in Political Science with an international development concentration at Macalester College. Her research attempts to understand the emergence of religiously-based social movements in Punjab by considering the legacy of British colonization, the Green Revolution, economic restructuring, and the emergence of Hindu nationalism. Through creative writing, she centers narratives, documenting journeys of intellectualism, trauma, alliance building, and healing. Organizations she has been involved in include the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM), and Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Coalition (APIAC).

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