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dc.contributor.advisor Denevi, Timothy Ramaiya, Jhanvi Chetan
dc.creator Ramaiya, Jhanvi Chetan 2020-05-06 2021-09-15T13:27:05Z
dc.description This thesis has been embargoed for 10 years. It will not be available until May 2030 at the earliest. en_US
dc.description.abstract Welcome to Bongoland—the casual teasing name for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania that was born from colonial racism. It means brainland. When things occur in ways that do not benefit us, or in ways that can only be described as fuck ups, we blame the place. It’s just Bongoland we say. But that ineptitude focuses the blame on the country, the people, the systems that hold it all up. So here I am, re-categorizing the insult: In this brainland, home is not where the heart is, but rather where the mind is. This is where I have determined my home is, but to determine what home is, I have to figure out, categorize, and understand which parts of my memory are home: Which homes have I occupied? Where do I live in every moment? I have my home, my brainland, but what, indeed, is it? As I began writing parts of these essays, I kept asking and being asked: what defines home? And indeed, I would love an easy answer, because that would be faster to figure out. But this manuscript is an exercise in learning what home is, what it can be, who makes it, how it is made, and who my homes have made me. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject immigration en_US
dc.subject food writing en_US
dc.subject memoir en_US
dc.subject travel writing en_US
dc.subject creative writing en_US
dc.subject coming of age en_US
dc.title Brainland en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing en_US Master's en_US Creative Writing en_US George Mason University en_US
dc.description.embargo 2030-05-06

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