Why I’m moving to Egypt: identity, racism, and being mixed-race

I was 18 when I legally applied to change my name. I was born ‘Somayah Feisal,’ daughter of a Dutch mother and an Egyptian father. They divorced when I was very young. I don’t remember much from the time they were together, apart from two fights that occurred in the Netherlands, and that one timeContinue reading “Why I’m moving to Egypt: identity, racism, and being mixed-race”

The Matchmaking Scheme

Currently I live together in an apartment with a 40-something year old bachelor who sleeps about 20 hours a day; the rest he spends in front of the computer doing “stock market” things. Whatever that means. As a foreigner, you need to register your address in order to change your visa to a residence permit.Continue reading “The Matchmaking Scheme”

Auctioned off

27-01-2017 In Hebei at a a friend’s family celebrating Chinese New Year. Here’s a short conversation when meeting a friend of the family: * How old is she? “She’s 26 * Has she found a partner yet? “Not yet, she’s currently looking – I’m not looking *Maybe we can introduce her to my son -I’mContinue reading “Auctioned off”

Misunderstandings on Love

17-11-2016 “Is Bingbing related to you?” I ask my roommate, Bree, about the guy that sort of lives in our house but then sometimes just isn’t there. He’s been living in our apartment ever since I got here, but I’ve never seen Bree touch him or smile at him; so I just assumed maybe theyContinue reading “Misunderstandings on Love”