(left: Jenny) - My sister made up a name for our mixed ethnicity, she called it "chi-rish-ican." Jenny's half of the plate references Asian characters and imagery on fine China porcelain, rustic celtic knots, and indigenous hispanic patterns.
(right: Sami) - Sami's half of the plate is more traditional, referencing the arabic language and words of the Qu'ran. The phrase "assalamualaikum" came up so many times whenever I was around sami: in his neighborhood, in his home, and in all of the homes of his aunties and uncles. It's a simple greeting meaning "may peace be upon you."