How I Made Peace with My Cultural Identity

One of the most challenging questions that I am often asked is, “Where are you from?” My usual disconcerting reply is, “Do you want the short or the long version?” It’s always a challenge to respond to this question when you don’t feel a sense of loyalty or affiliation to a specific culture or place of origin. For the longest time, I felt like an anomaly, ashamed and unsettled about not having a defined cultural identity. I perpetually felt like an outsider because, no matter how hard I tried, I could never quite fit into the traditional mold. It...

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