“The place are you from?” is without doubt one of the most typical questions we get whether or not we’re right here within the States or overseas. Being Asian American, it’s a little bit of a loaded query. Sometimes, our reply is “the US” or “Atlanta, GA”, however extra probably than not, it results in extra questions of the place we’re REALLY from.
What does that imply although? I used to be born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Esther was born in Korea however has grown up within the states since she was 2. Our ethnicities are Chinese language and Korean, however we determine most with being American.
The final of my grandparents handed this final yr, and it bought me fascinated by my roots. They have been born and raised in China however later emigrated to Indonesia, the place each my dad and mom have been born and raised. Within the 70s, each my dad and mom got here to the US for varsity, the place they met. That’s the place finally I used to be made right here in America. So my nationality is American, however I’m additionally Chinese language by blood and had some cultural upbringing from Indonesia blended in.
Whereas rising up, we visited our household in Indonesia quite a bit. This principally meant that we spent lots of instances in malls, taking part in with my cousins, and hanging out at my grandparents’ home. However as I grow old, I begin to marvel extra about what it like for my dad and mom and grandparents rising up? I’ve heard tales right here and there however hope to discover this extra in depth on my subsequent journey again.
There’s a new present known as Discovering Routes that options Garrett Gee of The Bucket Listing Household and his sister, Miristi, who’re on a journey to do precisely this. They’re discovering their roots within the Philippines. You may comply with alongside on their adventures with a brand new webisode each Monday and Thursday.
Try the trailer right here and the second episode right here.
The place are you from and the place are your roots? Have you ever visited the land of your ancestry? I’d love to listen to your tales within the feedback beneath!