Previously: Part 1.
Just asking some questions by way of bringing the thinking behind where one might be from to light…
How do you figure “fromness”? If you’re ever asked where you’re from, how do you answer?
Is it a matter of…
where you are?
where you’re a citizen?
where you identity as someone who belongs?
where you were born?
where your people are from?
where you’ve felt like you’ve belonged?
where you spent the longest stretches of time?
A year ago, following on from Jill’s 2007 post, I asked you ‘where you’re from and, if it differs, where you live’ in Feministe All Over the World Redux. With Lauren, we made a map of the most magical places we know, and with Ariel we plotted the places about which we feel strongly. For the posts Jill and I wrote, what kinds of thought processes went into responders’ determinations of where they’re from? For Lauren’s and Ariel’s, are those places ones we feel we can belong to, or belong to us, or do those magical and emotive qualities make them far off from “fromness”? Are the magical places of our lives, those invested with feeling, here, or where we’re “from,” or inevitably somewhere else? How do we value where we’re from, and where we are? Are our places beautiful or mundane?
“Fromness” doesn’t particularly need to be national, of course. Perhaps it’s about belonging to a specific region or town or even building. It doesn’t have to be about a place, even. Perhaps you’re from a group of people. Because the idea of home can be as much about people as place; with whom do you belong might even be more important than the where of it. Home is where the heart is, after all.
What’s important in determining where you’re from?