Room Magazine - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

I have never mi­grated. Not in the tra­di­tional sense any­way. My feet have more or less stayed on the same ground. I do, how­ever, come from those who have mi­grated. From my grand­fa­ther who left In­dia to find new life in Eng­land. From my mother who left that life in Eng­land to come to Canada to meet my fa­ther who had mi­grated from In­dia to see what the other side of the world could of­fer. Th­ese move­ments inevitably shaped the per­son I would be­come. The per­son I would mi­grate into.

In Arielle Spence’s in­ter­view with Ann Y.K. Choi, we get to ex­plore the com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship of gen­der roles, fam­ily dy­nam­ics, and racism that forms the char­ac­ter Mary in Choi’s ac­claimed novel Kay’s Lucky Coin Va­ri­ety, and the ways in which mi­gra­tion forms our move­ments as in­di­vid­u­als.

Mi­gra­tion is much more than peo­ple mov­ing from place to place. It can be the move­ment of our so­ci­ety into a world where pop­u­la­tion de­cay and longer life spans change the way so­ci­ety be­haves (page 68). It can be the mi­gra­tion from youth to an older age (page 22) and the need to move, as we all have come to see in re­cent his­tory, in or­der to sur­vive (page 28).

Thus, we all ex­pe­ri­ence mi­gra­tion dif­fer­ently and I wanted to be sure to rep­re­sent as many in­stances as pos­si­ble of the com­plex­ity that is mi­gra­tion. So, it is with this thought process that this is­sue was cre­ated. I hope you en­joy it.

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