Cultural identity.Who am I?



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This is what Anita Roy had to say about cultural identity.“Cultural identity is a state of mind and heart. It’s not about personal habits, such as language, food, music and attire. It’s about how I feel any given day and at any given location. It’s also about gender, that unfortunate delineation, because it affects everything. If cultural identity talk bores you, fret not, the beauty of the web is such that you can exit right now.”  In    

Who are you? Are you defined by the place you live, the family you were born in, the food you eat? What determines who you are? Does it change or is it always the same? Which is most important in defining who you are: your country, your language, your school, your jobk, your hometown, your family’s hometown, or something else?


30 responses to “Cultural identity.Who am I?

  1. I was born in a small town in southern Goiás (a state of Brazil), but my grandparents originally came from Minas Gerais (a neighboring state). This is part of who I am because in a certain way I am little shy and maybe a little quiet in certain aspects like small town people sometimes are. At least this is my perspective, small town people are not necessarily like me, this is me and who I am. I lived there until my late teens. After I moved to Goiânia (a bigger city (in the same state)and incorporated some more aspects of being a Midwestern Brazilian added to my parents and grandparents’ cultural habits in relation to food and other things. I learned English and this somehow reflected on my preference in the kind of music I like the movies I watch. So, if I have to say  who I am, I guess I am a little bit of all these things. This also depends on the moment, for example, when I lived in the US was when my Brazilian identity was at its peak. However, being a teacher of English, I feel very connected to the world and country and regional boundaries sometimes disappear.

    José Antônio – Brasília

  2. I am Lara and what I think most indentify me is the choices i have learned to make with my family. I guess human being are recognized of their huge decisions and I wish I were someone who could acheive this recognition. By the way , i’m a terrible

  3. I was born in Brasilia and I am a typical brasiliense- a person who
    does not have many friends and lives to work (it is what other people say). I have a daugther who is the most important person in my life. I am studying at CTJ. I love stay with my family in my free time. We call us “Greek Family” because we are very noisy. I love who I am, because nobody is gonna be like me!

  4. Hi, my name is Juliana, i was born in Brasilia, Brazil and live here since i was born. My father is mineiro (he is from Minas Gerais) and my mother is from Paraíba, both states of Brazil. My hometown is Taguatinga because i live there for more 30 years.For me everything aroud me identify who i am, the city i was born, the city my parents were born, the food i eat, the job i have, the country i live and the language i speak, but the most important to me in defining me is what i think, the way i live, how i understand me and the others. And finaly i like what i think, i like me so much.

  5. André | August 2nd, 2006 at 12:50 am
    I live in Taguatinga and I was born here too. I study at Marista, and I am at third year of the high school. And I always go to the gym.I like to eat pizza and japanese food.I think that what identifies me is my style, my clothes, my occupation, my personality and the people I live with because they can change my way of thinking.
    I like who I am, because if I don´t,certainly, I would change.

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  6. Sandra Telles Vieira | August 2nd, 2006 at 12:51 am
    My name is Sandra. I am from Goiás, so I like to eat pequi and rice. I work at Banco do Brasil. I am married and I have three children that are marvelous. I am graduated in Administration by IESB. I have been studying English at Casa Thomas Jefferson and I am very happy because I am learning very much

  7. Carolina | August 2nd, 2006 at 12:52 am
    My name is Carolina Rolim, I live in Taguatinga, Brasília,Brazil. I was born in Brasília in Asa Sul. I am 18 years old and I am studying nursering at Universidade Católica de Brasília. I choose this course because I love helping people and I am loving the course. I have been studying English for 8 years at Casa Thomas Jefferson in Taguatinga too, near my home. I think Iam a very easy-going person because my parents were born in Rio de Janeiro and they are very funny, easy-going and I am similar. My hobies are: going to movies, dancing, read, listen music… I like who I am

  8.  ANA CAROLINA M DE MORAES | August 2nd, 2006 at 12:53 am
    I live in Taguatinga, DF and I was born there too. My parents are from Minas Gerais and Paraíba. I lke to eat delicious food, like minas food that my father cooks. My hobies are listen music, to practices ports, to go out , to cook, to go to the cinema and other things else. About my plans I want to be a good lawyer, to have a big family and help people who need me.
    I like who I am, but I want to be more.

  9. GLENDA | August 2nd, 2006 at 12:53 am
    My name is Glenda Patrícia and I live in Taguatinga. At the moment I am studying Letters Portuguese/English at Universidade Católica and I really know what I am doing there because being a teacher is somenthing that I really want, or rather I want to be an educator, I mean a person who cares about the others and not only a person who worrie about going to classes and do what is supposed to do. I think I can contribute with the Education system of my country. I really like who I am because I always do my best to help the others and to be a better person.
    That´s a little of me…

  10. Cultural identity is being in conformity with a group, a community, a nation, a planet ,however, it definetely does not mean to agree with everything around you, but to be critical in relation to what is presented to you and respectful with the differences. In short, no kind of prejudice and independence of thought.

  11. My name is Nahir Aparicio, and I’m from Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela. This is a difficult question for me, because been Venezuelan implies having at least 3 cultures involved in your life from the moment you were born: African, Indigenous and Spanish. We are all so mixed that I wouldn’t say I identify with one in particular.

    What we eat, for instance, our Christmas dish is called “hallacas”, is made of corn flour (Indigenous), filled in with special mixture of beef, pork and poultry Spanish or African) ornamented with olives(Spanish); everything covered by plantain leaves. History says that it was created by black slaves and Indigenous people from their masters’ leftovers. Nowadays, it doesn’t matter where you are living, in Venezuela or abroad, on Christmas time if we don’t eat hallacas, we feel we are missing something important. It doesn’t matter your economic or social status, everybody eats it.

    We are openminded and friendly, we like to tell jokes, laugh a lot, talk to anyone even if we don’t know the other person. We practice solidarity, maybe not as often as we would like. Religiousness is another characteristic we share, when one of our famous baseball players, “El gato”Galarraga, had cancer, you could see people so worried and praying for him

    Also, I would say, living abroad shapes us. Punctuality for me is a must, something that is not shared with my countryfolks. I acquired this when I lived in England.

    So, I would say I really identify with my country’s culture. I’m proud to belong to the Venezuelan-LatinAmerican Culture.

    Nahir Aparicio.

  12. Hi!!!! I was born here in Brasilia. So, I don`t have many things to talk about me. My parents were born in Nordeste, but they met each other in Bsb. They got married in 1982 and they still together. They are an example for me. I love my family, and I know that they will be forever in my heart. This is me: a family girl, who believes in love family and eternity.
    bye, bye

  13. alexandre vilela pereira

    I`m Alexandre I live in asa norte I do computer science I study english since I was 5 years old when I was at vacation I like to go to the beach mainly in northeastern brazil

  14. Hi! I am Renata. I am 18 years old. I love chemistry and one day I will graduate in it. But now, I study law. I’m from Brasilia but I don`t like to live here. I love big cities as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. My mother is from Rio de Janeiro and my father is from São Luis in Maranhão. When I finish my law course I would like to begin my chemistry course or do a pos graduation in another country. If I do chemistry, I will live in Rio de Janeiro. If not, maybe I will go to Italy and do a pos graduation.
    This things is about me. I think that I already said everything.

  15. My name is Mariana and I live in Asa Norte. My parents are from Tocantins but I was born here. At the moment, I`m studying Law at uniceub and I really like. I loved go out with my friends and talk with my mom about my problems. She is very special to me and I know she always stay with me. I loved my friends and my family.

  16. Hi everybody. I`m from the better state from Brasil:Minas Gerais.I was born in Unaí and I love that city. When I`m tired, I go straight there. I came to Brasilia to study in 2001 to study and based here until today because I`m working here. Here I work, study, have some fun in movies, shows, bars, and work out. I live alone and I like it. I have some friends of the University and my sister lives here too. I like this city but I want to live in another place.

  17. My nameis Rebeca, I`m from São Paulo a big city in Brazil. I `m living in Brazilia ( capital from Brazil) until 1991. My family live in Sào Paulo but my father was born in Spain. My family is a typical spanish family,all the cultural aspects like food, music and others are preserved in my family house. I`m married and my husband is from Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro is a beatiful city.In my opinion the most beautiful city in Brazil.
    I think the the most important think in my country is the nature. I wait we will preserve the nature for a long time.

  18. I was born in a median size city in Minas Gerais, Patos de Minas and even tough I haven’t lived there for a long time (I came to Brasília when I was twelve), being born in a family from Minas Gerais has determined so much my identity. The way of being, with a conservative behavior, giving much importance to honesty and respect to others all of this come from the way I was raised. Until nowadays, more the twenty years in Brasília, people who don’t know me, when I talk to them, I am surprised when they say I am from Minas Gerais, due to my regional language. In addition to this, is the food that I like. It is very “mineira” and I can’t live without cheese bread or
    those delicious cakes from there.

  19. My name is Icaro, I was born in a small town in Minas Gerais, but I came to Brasilia very young. My parents are both from Minas Gerais and they are both from tradicional families. I was raised in Brasilia and I guess it is my hometwon, I really like this city, but i pretend to travel a lot before setting up my life here.
    I study at a military school and I think it reflects on my identity because sometimes I can be very cold.

  20. I am Nella. I was born in Lima Peru, the biggest city in my country. I now live in a small town called Cajamarca, in the highlands of Peru.

    Both my parents were born in Lima, as were my Grandparents. I grew up with my parents, and when I was about 13 my grandparents came to live with us. I learned a lot from all of them, and I guess all of them together made me who I am.

    I started learning English in nursery school, when I had just turned three, I went to a billingual school, and then continued studying English on and off for years.

    We used to travel a lot when I was growin up, and we spent lots of time on hotels, and eating in restaurants, so nobody was surprised when I decided to become a hotel manager. Later, because there were lots of problems with terrorism and the economy in my country was really poor, I lost my job in a hotel (the hotel industry was in crisis!!!), and started teaching hotel management courses, and that was when I discovered I just loved to teach.

    I stated to study to become an English teacher then. I have been teaching English for almost 15 years now, and I like it more and more every day.

    I think all of this made who I am. Being a competent English speaker has opened many doors for me. I have had opportunities to meet very interesting people, and travel to many places.

    And it has made me aware of different aspects of the American, British and other English speaking countries’ cultures.

    Because I used to work in hotels, I speak a bit of French and Portuguese too.

    I am very fond of my country, but consider myself a ‘citizen of the world’, in the sense that I am aware of the differences, but also marvelled at all the similiraties among peoples of different places. And love all of them!

  21. Hi everybody
    Nice blog!
    Cultural identity: perhaps it`s defined very early in life by the patterns of thought we develop. In my view, the culture and the national environment you are brought up in mark you for life.

    In my case I grew up in England and came to Brazil as a young adult. In my childhood Iwas taught that time was important and punctuality is the politeness of kings. After nearly 40 years in Brazil I’m a bit more relaxed about time, but I still get stressed when I think I’m going to be late for something (In Brasilia this means lots of traffic fines!!)

    This is just a small example of things instilled in us in ealy life- do you have others?

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  22. Hi all, my name is Debbie and I am from the U.S. I am taking a class in college on differents cultures and I have to do a paper on how clothes affect the cultural identity any help would be appreciated.


  23. Nella,

    I read your post and am very interested to talk with yoiu about opportunities to teach english in Cajamarca. I just arrived here 3 days ago and would like to stay for an extended period of time. Naturally, finding contacts and loopholes to find a job is a bit difficult. Please send me an email, and I would really appreciate to hear any words of advice you may have.

    Muchas gracias, Sonja

  24. Nella,

    I read your post and am very interested to talk with yoiu about opportunities to teach english in Cajamarca. I just arrived here 3 days ago and would like to stay for an extended period of time. Naturally, finding contacts and loopholes to find a job is a bit difficult. Please send me an email, and I would really appreciate to hear any words of advice you may have.

    Muchas gracias, Sonja

  25. My name is Christopher Gowing i was born in Cambridge, England on 27 May 1983. My family moved to a place called Norwich which is in the east of england where i grew up attending school till the age of 16. I went to college for a couple of years studying electronics where i worked in the field till age 19. I then traveled the world returning to Norwich for periods to work and earn money to travel with. At the age of 22 i went back to college to obtain a certificate to enter higher education, I then moved to Bristol, England to study mental health nursing. I am currently half way through my studies. I will be 25 next week. This is my identity, I am unsure how to describe my cultural identity any advice?

  26. Hi Chris,
    Interesting to read your comment. I am Brazilian and I have been to Norwitch once. It was in 1995 when I went to visit a friend who lived in Lowestoft (don´t know if this is the correct spelling). YOu have a very interesting life story. I guess being to so many places fgives your cultural identiy a pinch of diversity. I guess this a question that only you could answer and your answer might answer this question for a time. A good start would be asking what defines you most: the place you are now, the places you have been to, or both?
    I think as we continue living we reinvent ourselves and see who we are under a new light.
    Hope I could help. Thanks a lot for yout comment.
    Regards from Brazil
    José Antônio

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  28. hello my name is georgia im a small town girl and i am doing a history fair on my self and i need some sites to see my family tree so if you have some e mail me

  29. Hello Georgia,
    Thanks for your comment. Concerning sites in which you can set a family tree, unfortunately. I do not know any.
    Good luck with your history paper.

    All the best

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