MAZ IN NEW YORK
Everyone says your 20s are supposed to be hard,
but what are the questions young people have to ask themselves in a world rattled by a pandemic?
Spending quarantine in a cockroach infested apartment, Maz finds herself questioning the land of opportunities.
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CHAPTER 1: STRONGER THAN EVER
"I got really lucky, my partner again, is very, very supportive. His best friend and their family took me in in Boston. So for a few months, I lived in Boston with this family I'd never met before.
I think in the beginning we were all like ‘Don’t shape your life around Covid, that’s a stupid idea!’ But now life is Covid and Covid will alter life forever."
CHAPTER 2: MY IMMIGRANT PARENTS
My family never fails to remind me that they came to America to make a better life for me. My story is not mine alone ― it’s the cornerstone of millions of first-generation Americans’ stories.
Maz Do for Huffington Post
CHAPTER 3: I DON'T WANT TO LIVE HERE
When I tell my father that I’m thinking of moving to a different country, I’m met with shock and confusion.
What was all that struggle for—all the years he was separated from his parents, the financial instability, the racism at school, and later, at work—if not to bring me up in the land of opportunity? I don’t know what it’s like to go hungry for days, or to not be able to (constantly) speak my mind. Here, or so the dominant narrative goes, anyone can have it all.
That’s the beautiful thing about this country. Most people would never dream that leaving America could be a good thing.
Maz Do writing in for the Huffington Post in August 2020.
CHAPTER 4: AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM
You're taught, America is the best country in the world. Hands down, why would you ever want to live anywhere else?
I'm very lucky to be American but I was really pushing back on the idea that we are the best. You don't have to be the best country in the world.
What does that even mean? According to what metric?
CHAPTER 5: GENERATION Z
Hopefully the takeaway is going to be that it isn’t the worst thing in the world to consider other people.
There’s a lot of lessons that we need to learn as individuals but that we can also take away as a country.
I hope it does get learned. But we’ll see, I guess.