August 7, 2013
India, England, France, Italy, and the U.S.
Too many to name...and counting!
Bengali, Hindi, English, French, Italian, and lately Spanish and Portuguese.
I consider my 'origin' to be tied to my parents' heritage and also to the cultural influences from the places in which I have lived. Thinking of not one, but plural. I thrive in environments that celebrate diverse ways of being.
Really great group and fun events with very nice people. One comment: people seem to be content with asking about cultural/national origin and moving on to talk about other things, yet expecting participation that is 'Indian, 'Korean, or 'Norwegian,' for example (based on stereotypical assumptions). I believe that national/cultural origins, like gender/sexuality/race define but don't confine identities to a predetermined box. I'm seeking more fluid and hybrid connections. Otherwise I feel I'm repeating old forms of multiculturalism that used to be content with boxes and limited identities, which happened to interact with each other, without creating change in one's own understanding of oneself. This comment is not intended to criticize this wonderful group, but meant more as a conceptual offering that members may want to explore.