Make Your Own Passport Reflection – Emily Ezell

At the Make Your Own Passport workshop, the artist greeted us with a jar of folded slips of paper carrying our nationality for the next hour. Looking at the rainbow of passports, I was eager to do some arts and crafts and test out a new passport. However, the slip of paper gave me a stateless status. An additional piece of paper detailed my background story: I currently live in China, but neither I nor my parents have Chinese citizenship because of discriminatory citizenship laws. My fellow stateless people and I wandered around the tables unsure what to do next. I was surprised by the number of us and how little instructions we received. Eventually, the artist presented us with two options for stateless passports, only one of which still exists today. I opened the passport to find blank pages and general confusion. I left the workshop confused and curious. What does it mean to have stateless status, and what disadvantages do stateless people encounter?

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