I recently had the privilege to contribute to Schema Magazine’s “But Where Are You Really From?” series. The series asks writers to write a real answer to a question series that’s posed to persons of various ethnic backgrounds in North America.
Q: Where are you from?
Q: Oh, but where are you really from?
They don’t mention it, but this question series was made apparent in academia through the work of cultural studies scholar Ien Ang in a discussion of multiculturalism in On Not Speaking Chinese.
My answer was titled “Just Another Chinese Christian?” In many ways, this is a popular positionality piece for the research I’ve been conducting for my doctorate. In the piece, I deal with my upbringing in Northern California, the diversity of religious communities of which I’ve been a part, and the multiple understandings of Chineseness at play in my life.
The photo credit goes to my uncle in Hong Kong, Yung Wai Leung. Thanks, Goo Jeung!
Enjoy, and if you feel so called, contribute your own answer to Schema Magazine! The editors there, particularly Beth Hong and Sadiya Ansari, who both helped so much with the fine-tuning, are awesome!