Sweden is “home”. Growing up as a third culture kid, the question “where are you from?” always made me hesitate. Do they want the long version or short version? Short version: China...but it’s almost never a satisfactory answer. (Normally followed by “why is your English so good? Are you mixed?”) Long version then!
I was born in China, but I moved to Sweden at age 4, and then continued moving every three years until I was 25. In total I’ve spent 10 years in Sweden, 15 years in China and a few years in England and Italy. Chinese is my mother tongue but it is also my worst spoken/written language, and until this day I speak it with an accent. Chinese people are ready to embrace me as “one of their own” until I open my mouth A bit of an unrequited love situation! How can truly call China home when the people don’t consider me Chinese... talk about growing up with identity crises I can speak Swedish better than Chinese but my English is the best. Maybe it was the international schooling, or maybe it was because “American culture” (a melting pot of all cultures) seemed the easiest to identify with. Today I live in China with a boyfriend who is equally culturally confused and as often as I can I reunite with my family in Sweden and catch up in a mixture of Chinese, Swedish and English.
Home is where the heart is
What about you? Where are you from?
Om du kunde ta bort en period från ditt vardagliga liv för att fördjupa dig i något, vad skulle det vara?
Jag reser till nåt land, och bor i ett litet hus vid stranden med bra musik och mat. Jag älskar ljudet av vågorna på natten när jag lägger mig och när jag vaknar på morgonen varje dag blir jag lika glad över att se havet igen.