Welcome to my home-away-from-home on the web. I’m Jessica, usually just Jess, and I look forward to sharing this space with you. And the journeys. So many journeys.
Brief about me: I was born in Long Beach, California to California-born parents, but we were all uprooted by a journey to Idaho Falls, Idaho, my home town. A place with less than 100,000 people, long, flat roads, the best climbing-trees, and a historically conservative-Christian outlook. I fought for and was awarded scholarship support to attend a liberal arts university that became a space of tumultuous transformation and afforded me time to journey to Yunnan Province, China and four countries in Southeast Asia. More scholarship support led me to attend University of Hawai’i in Manoa Valley, Honolulu, a journey that has deeply shaped my consciousness and all aspects of my future. I recently ended a two year period living in Melbourne, Australia, and now I live in Phnom Penh thanks to a generous and hard-won Fulbright Student Research Grant. (More on the project funded by the Fulbright here.)
About this site: this place is home for the many continuing and various projects of my past, present, and future. You’ll find information and posts about the oral history project I’m working on in Cambodia, as well as posts that touch on topics from previous and hopefully future projects related to social justice, community education, cultural studies, and writing.
I travel often and enjoy getting heady about ontology of the traveler, whatever that means, and you’ll find many of my travel theories here. Moving around has a jarring effect that impacts my sense of place, self, and relationships, and I find myself exploring that through poetry, fiction, and sometimes photography.
Each of these aspects will eventually find a home here, but I ask your patience as I organize and develop this website.
Many thanks and much love.