Grace Talusan was a Fulbright scholar to the Philippines in 2015. She has published in Esquire Philippines, Boston magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Rumpus, and many other publications. She teaches writing at Tufts University and Grub Street.
"Tita," my eleven-year-old niece says. "Why are you always talking about yogurt?"
I am living in the Philippines on a Fulbright fellowship for half a year, so the only way I can see my loved ones back home in the U.S. is through videochat. The twelve-hour time difference and the spotty online connection in my Manila condo means that when we do appear on each other's laptops, the moment is precious. I hadn't…