How do you identify yourself abroad or at "home"? When I lived in Spain, I was always referred to as "The American or The girl from the U.S." One day in class while I was teaching in a Spanish company, a student and I were discussing food and I talked passionately about plantain and how much I loved it. "Americans (U.S.) aren't usually familiar with plantain, it's more of a Latin American thing," he said. I explained to my student that I am not only American but also Nigerian. And we EAT and LOVE plantain in Nigeria. "So which are you American or Nigerian?" he asked looking confused. "I am both" I replied. "You can't be both, you have to pick one" he responded. Why not? Why can't I be Muslim, American, and Nigerian? The thing about identity is that it isn't a linear explanation. All my identities are part of what makes me who I am. I noticed that many European countries enforce the idea that if one is born or grew up in say Austria, for example, You are just Austrian. I understand that the goal is to bring about the togetherness of all the citizens regardless of skin color or previous familial ethnical background but doesn't that erase and ignore everything that makes up that individual. It creates the idea of This or That, Good or Bad, Success or Failure mentality. Just like what we've seen recently in France regarding the world cup. @trevornoah
did an excellent video regarding this topic. When a person of recent immigrant background is bringing good light to a Country the person is finally seen as French or All American star! but when that same profile does something bad it's- Ah That African, That Mozlum". Why can't we just accept that a person's success is a combination of ALL their backgrounds, experiences, priveledges and opportunities in life? Success isn't destined for one country, region, or group of people. Going back to the question of identity, I identify myself based on the scenario, person, country, and situation I am in. That's the beauty and complexity of having multiple identities. It allows you to connect with as many people as possible and share something in common.
How do you identify yourself?
to my natural habitat