This is a guest post by Michael Pollock that appeared on a blog I follow. It deals very powerfully with issues of belonging, and asks the question “where do you feel most local, or most at home?”
I’m delighted to welcome Michael Pollock to my blog today! Michael is a fellow ATCK, but he’s also a friend and someone who “gets” this journey. Read more about Michael at the end of the post.
ON BEING LOCAL
I was fascinated by Taiye Selassi’s Ted talk, “Don’t ask me where I’m from, ask me where I’m local”, which, if you’ve seen it, isn’t really about belligerence over a question of origin, as many commenters seemed to think. Taiye spoke eloquently and passionately about the challenge of highly mobile people to nail down the truth of our origins and belonging; in a sense, the places we own and that own us back.
Identity and belonging is not a simple or straightforward issue if you have moved multiple times throughout your life. The issues are layered in complexity if those moves were also cross cultural as well as geographic…
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