Diasporist Paradox: On Mothers and the Myth of Return
Angela Brussel explores the nature of diaspora and of her and her family’s attempts to return home....
Angela Brussel is an Armenian Lebanese American writer and photographer based in Beirut with nonfiction and fiction that have appeared in New Statesman, Literary Hub, Catapult, Electric Literature, Nylon, The Awl, The Wrong Quarterly, Brooklyn Magazine, and KCET’s Migrant Kitchen, to name a few. Current interests range from transgenerational trauma and the neuroscience of addiction to the psychology behind conspiracy theories and persecution. She is also the founder of Nour Jan, a multisensory Armenian Lebanese popup focused on fostering social change through food and art. Its latest project is the recently released podcast This Diaspora Life, which uses oral histories and archival music to do ethnographic deep dives into diaspora communities around the world. (Photo of Angela Brussel by Aia Atoui.)