Hello and welcome. My name is Christian.
I am a Black/Cusabo photographer, activist, and soon to be licensed acupuncturist. I have been a contributing artist with Black Girl In Om, and Cordella magazine. My work focuses on the intersection between culture, medicine, and ecology.
In the summer of 2013 my partner and I moved from Chicago to Austin so that I could attend AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. AOMA is rated one of the top Acupuncture schools in the U.S., and I’m so thankful to have earned an education from this institution. At AOMA I have been challenged, humbled, and supported in ways that have helped my growth, both personally and professionally. In that time, I’ve developed a passion for community acupuncture, health justice, and herbalism.
The history of Chinese medicine began with a curious and creative human. Its foundation can be traced back to ancestral observations of nature. Over the course of at least 3,000 years of inquiry, Chinese medicine has developed into a medical practice that honors art and science with equal importance. In its vast scope, this is a field that utilizes diverse modalities including acupuncture and moxabustion, herbal medicine, bodywork, exercise, nutritional therapy, and environmental health. At its core, Chinese medicine views disease and healing much like the Western medical view of homeostasis—the human body as a dynamic system constantly moving toward optimal balance. When the body shifts between this state, Chinese medicine is able to differentiate patterns of imbalance with insight using thoughtful diagnostic measures.
As a student at AOMA I’ve had the opportunity to think deeply about the vision I have for myself and my work as a practitioner. That vision involves collaboration and collective work with individuals and communities in the pursuit of health, economic, environmental, and social justice. I feel it is the highest honor to practice Chinese medicine during this profound and challenging moment in history. It is a time of great transformation. I truly believe that Chinese medicine can be a catalyst for change; a bridge that can dismantle borders; a prayer that unites us; and a practice in radical hope.
Prior to graduate school, I spent 10 years in the non-profit field. I’ve had the honor of learning from grassroots organizers and leaders working in various movements across the U.S. I’ve also been fortunate to work with renowned organizations including the Highlander Research and Education Center, Chicago Freedom School, Project Nia, and Mispon Indigenous Film Festival. This unique education continues to influence the way I think, act, and communicate.
I’ve been writing this blog since 2011. In that time I’ve struggled to find and trust my voice. It’s a process that I continue to work on. Although the aesthetics and tone of the site has changed over the years, the thing that remains true is my belief in community—online and off.
Thank you for being here.