The title of this blog is taken from Victor Turner’s classic essay, Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Period in Rites of Passage. I find myself drawn toward liminality as a productive way to explore Asian-American identities and experiences.

For Turner, the relationship between past and present captures what he calls the ‘peculiar unity of the liminal: That which is neither this nor that, and yet, is both.’ For many hyphenated Americans, myself included, past and present have been severed. Here, I do the work of mending this rupture by using the past to illuminate present perspectives on race, identity, culture, and politics.