Mindful Activism: Embracing the Complexities of International Border Crossings

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Abstract

I am one of many psychologists from the minority world, or Global North, who regularly travel to the Global South, or majority world, to engage in activist research and practice. Drawing on postcolonial and decolonial frameworks, this testimonio discusses tensions and complexities that arise in these transnational border crossings, particularly given the current internationalization movement in U.S. psychology. A testimonio is a first-person narrative of experiences with oppression, resilience, and empowerment, that can “re-script history . . . and re-inscribe otherwise ignored stories” (Smith, 2010, p. 21). Following a description of a decolonizing praxis of mindful activism (Norsworthy & Khuankaew, 2006), I chronicle several examples of challenges my colleagues from Thailand and Burma and I have traversed in our efforts to employ a decolonial feminist liberation approach in our work in Southeast Asia.

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