Sunday, June 01, 2008

It's been awhile since I worked on this project or posted any updates about it. However, it's been on my mind quite a bit. Cultural identity is quite an interesting thing. As I've been traveling abroad between the fall of last year to now and for longer durations, I see the link between our origins and our cultural identities applicable to other communities. Take ex-patriots. Communities of ex-patriots are bonded by the similarities of origins, by a recognition that they, collectively, come from different experiences than the locals. Any source of similarity is like a border with two sides - you either feel comforted by it because you feel so comfortable within it or you try to get as far away from it to differentiate yourself. In that sense, being Asian American is being away from and tied to this border at the same time.