Hello again, everyone! If you’re tuning in to hear from lil’ Syd on the next round of blog posts, then I thank you for joining me! Now that you’re along for the ride, I want to talk about GTHOT (getting the heck out there). Yup, that is an acronym I made up literally as I was writing this, but it encompasses the topic of this post. Anybody and everybody should get out into nature and see all the beauty that is around you!
When you’re raised on an island, you are constantly interacting with nature. The tradewinds swirl through the ti leaves and breeze through your screened windows, the mosquitoes buzz around the sitting water around your father’s potted plants, and the plumerias gracefully lay on the poky grass. Continue reading
I have to admit, I love photos of myself now. When I was in high school I was “gawky,” as an acquaintance five years later coined. We and a bunch of other young-adult friends had just spent a tiring day in Hiroshima City, Japan. We went around guessing how we were all like in high school. He wasn’t wrong. I was awkward and hated seeing myself in photos. However, over time I started to realize the importance of preserving my memories through photography, particularly self-portraiture. I came to learn it as a way to get out into the world and tell the visual story of my life.
What’s up everyone? I’m Aron Yohannes. I’m from Skyway, Washington. It is ten miles south of downtown Seattle, between Rainier Beach and Renton. My family is originally from Eritrea in east Africa, bordered by Ethiopia and the Red Sea. Due to Eritrea’s war for independence and also for opportunity, my very large family decided to immigrate to Seattle in 1989 with the sponsorship of a church in Seattle.
Hello Everyone. I am Auriza Ugalino. I am a second-generation Filipino American, born in California, but raised in Washington state. My name comes from my two grandmothers “Aurora” and “Rizalina”, and my last name is an indigenous name from the Philippines roughly meaning “of the mindset”.
Hi everybody, my name is Sydne Yas Dresser, and I’m a new IMBY intern as of April 2018. If we haven’t met before, allow me to officially introduce myself. I am currently a senior at the University of Washington studying both Spanish and International Studies, and mentally preparing myself to become an ‘adult’ in a month when I graduate from UW. I have spent my entire life – a short 22 years – in Washington state.
Hello! My name is Shannon Urabe (pronounced as oo-raw-bay) and my pronouns are she/her. I’ve asked a couple people what my last name means, and most people have translated it as, “ocean” and “along” or “side.” So it very, very, very roughly translates to shoreline (I think…no one has been able to give me a clear answer¯\_(ツ)_/¯). As for my first name, my mom named me after the character Shannon in the movie called Far and Away, because she liked how they pronounced Shannon with an Irish accent.
Sydne is currently a senior at the University of Washington and is graduating this spring with a double major in International Studies and Spanish. She is a new IMBY intern as of April 2018 and is excited to hit the ground running along with the other new interns.
Auriza grew up in Kitsap County surrounded by the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. She graduated from the UW Sociology program and completed an honors thesis on the Asian Pacific American experience–focusing on interactions and intersections of identity.
Shannon Urabe (pronounced ‘oo-raw-bay’) was born and raised on the island of Oahu, and spent her last four years in New York City studying Sociology with minors in Asian American Studies and Media at Hunter College.