Al Markaz has kept its dining room closed due to the pandemic. Carrollton’s South Asian community misses the food, but longs for its beloved gathering space even more. Published on D Magazine.
"... my fervor for cooking and dining disappeared, leaving me to wonder what this meant for the future of communities. Food, an object of connection and cultural importance, became something that was both harder to access and consumed in solitude."
"These voids in memory about readjusting to normal life seem to be in some parts due to shock and pessimism, in others due to keeping these parts of her life secret until our conversation. Yet these components contributed to a painfully nostalgic view of her hometown of Hiroshima."
"Gentefied asks us how we express our love for ourselves without diminishing that of others in our communities, as well as how important our identities are that we are willing to sacrifice our dreams to cling onto them."
"Stripping music of its extra components in such a way is a feat most people desire and appreciate yet one which few people can accomplish. But Fishmans seem to do it at many turns of their career, crafting singular compositions that I probably would have been able to learn in my beginner piano classes and combining them to make cohesive, long tracks that feel like they go by in seconds."
"... those moments, though our confusing lives continue after them, live in us as a reminder of who we are. At those moments we rate ourselves a 5, when in all other moments we might rate ourselves a 3. Yet we remember what the 5 felt like so we can strive to reach it again."
"Even as this community of musicians and business owners branch out, they find a way to make wherever they are home by appreciating locality."
"The universality of the guilt and loss of identity experienced by Maghrebi immigrants allows for the contemporary art of the Maghrebi Diaspora to have tangible effects on the world. Its conception offers an avenue for Maghrebi immigrants to represent their unique experiences as a collective body."