Asha Means Life The project “Asha Means Life” features my mother’s namesake – a young mother herself, an artist and a Caribbean immigrant – and the visual manifestation of her psychological world. Asha’s story unfolded before my lens in a whirlwind of activity informed by an undercurrent of tension. In Asha’s daily struggles, I identified the challenges faced by single mothers as well as the complexities of defining identity after dislocation. The impact of the global economic crisis was also evident in the changing financial fate of her family. The beautiful children in her charge were worldlier than one might expect, and provided an even less inhibited and more telling glimpse into her world. Asha is the Swahili word for life.