Her account has been edited for space and clarity. A lot of the South Asians here are connected through their families and are childhood friends. The wound is still really fresh for me. The plan was I would stay at home and I would commute to the public-health graduate school nearby, which was 30 minutes away. I think a lot of people would assume, if I was running away from a Pakistani Muslim family, that I was being abused.
Hana. Age: 31.
One of the reasons we moved to San Francisco was because of how accepting people are here.
Yasmin. Age: 20.
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Jamila graduated from college in May, then promptly ran away from home. The wound is still really fresh for me. I grew up in a very white, suburban place, and I hated being Desi. My parents really wanted me to come back home after college.