“Where is home for you?” How many times I’ve been asked this question? And how many times, I didn’t know what to answer.
Feeling like a foreigner in Germany because you don’t look like a German and feeling like a foreigner in Vietnam because you don’t behave like a typical Vietnamese.
I was born and brought up in Germany. My parent are Vietnamese. My whole life, my parents tried to convey to me and my brothers the Vietnamese culture and language to keep our roots alive. I’ve been educated bilingual. With my family, I speak Vietnamese and outside of home, German. I do believe, I am not the only one who’s struggling with such identity issues while having a migration background.
Some years ago, I spend six weeks on holiday in Vietnam with my father. He took me to the most amazing places such as the Halong Bay and Sapa. Home, is for many people the place where they were born and grew up. After this journey however, I recognised that it isn’t important where you were born and live but important is the feeling of attachment you have when you think of a place.
Over the years, I figured out for myself that it’s okay to have two places that I call “home”. Yes, I am German AND Vietnamese and I am proud of it!
Any questions or comments? I’d be happy to hear from you. Please feel free to share similar experiences with me when you have some!