“Who are you? What is your story?” If you were to ask me this question a few years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to give you an answer. A part of me would have felt that my story wasn’t important enough to share. Another part of me wouldn’t have known what to tell you. It’s a question that I’m still trying to answer and claim for myself. Identity regarding my ethnic background has been one of the more confusing topics that I’ve struggled to explain. “Confusing” not in the sense that I don’t know my ethnic background. It was confusing trying to understand how I fit into that identity.
Hello! I would like to talk to you about my culture and community. Well to get started, in my culture there are many things: for example, we party and people dance a lot. Everyone has fun most of the time, but the only bad thing is that at the end we have to clean and its usually around 3 am that we finish cleaning.
Yes, yes it actually does mean something. My name is Twinny. I get compliments about how my name is different, unique and cute. I don’t know exactly how to react to this statement considering the thoughts I have on the story behind it. Sometimes I want to change my name to a more generic name but most times I like how my name is different.
The word “culture” means everything to me. The culture I will always put first is my Deaf culture. What is Deaf culture, you may ask? Well, there’s tons of aspects and rules so I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.
I don’t like to put very personal things in my public, especially me, but I guess I can write some basic things about me. So the type of identity I’m going to write about is name identity.
My racial identity is something I am constantly grappling with. It isn’t something I ever try to hide. My openness about it actually scored me a spot in my school’s annual freshmen poetry slam. Much of my writing centers around my mixed race identity, specifically being Chinese and white.
Many sites define identity as a list of specific characteristics and traits a person has. To me your identity is how you view yourself. It has to do with the characteristics and values you carry. It is shaped through the experiences you encounter.