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1. You never know how to answer the question “where are you from?”.
Uh, what exactly do you mean by that? Are you looking at my name and recognizing it as foreign and wondering which country my family comes from? Are you asking where I was born? Are you asking where I grew up? Because all of those places are different. Third culture kids routinely stumble over this question.
We’re fortunate to live in an age where Viet Thanh Nguyen wins the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 and where our literary scene can include stories that revise or even challenge the “immigrant narrative” that for years had dominated the conversation.
When my parents moved here after the civil war back home, they settled in an area packed with other immigrants from the Philippines, Mexico, Thailand, Iraq, and other East African countries. I never felt like I was an oddity until we moved to a suburb where immigrants like us were far and few in between.