February 22, 2021 Courtney Napier

Don’t Ask Where I’m From, Ask Where I’m a Local

We all know the introductory question: “Where are you from?” In this insightful talk, Taiye Selasi offers an alternative: “to where are you local?” The former emphasizes borders and exclusions; the latter invites a sense of the place where one belongs built around culture.

When someone asks you where you’re from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of “multi-local” people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. “How can I come from a country?” she asks. “How can a human being come from a concept?”

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