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• Rachel Wahba  // Rachel Wahba is an Egyptian Iraqi Jew born in India who grew up stateless in Japan. She is a psychotherapist in the Bay Area and co-founder of Olivia Travel.

04 Jan Posted by in • Rachel Wahba | 6 comments

Tasting India

Tasting India

I was almost six — I desperately wanted to taste India again. The bottle of gripe tonic water sat next to Dad’s 4711 Cologne on top of the large tansu (Japanese/bureau) in mom and dad’s bedroom. I stared at it. The tonic was very precious, it was the only thing that calmed my baby brother’s colic. […]

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08 Nov Posted by in • Rachel Wahba | 8 comments

How I Got My Tan and Lost My Identity

How I Got My Tan and Lost My Identity

I was eighteen when I landed in Los Angeles International airport. And after a lifetime of being a brown-skinned “curombo,” (“darky”) in Japan, I turned white! Yes. Suddenly I was no longer a strange brown skinned gaigin (perjorative for foreigner.) My little brother and I spent our childhood as moving targets for the Japanese boys […]

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