Welcome to the gathering around LeThee’ma (translation: fireplace) to cook on migration with a flavoring of solution-focused conversations on issues that emerge as a result of this cultural shift. Prepare to engage in exciting discussions on our African heritage!!
ο Format: I will write on a broad discussion topic on a particular theme. You can either respond to my post topic, or add some more content to the theme area.
…Together we can feed minds, spirits, and hearts…
♥ Week 1: First Impression Series – Questions♥
Topic: “Where are you from?”
When I first emigrated to the United States and was posed that question, instantly within seconds I would reply “Cameroon”. My answer to that same question now is not so succint. Over time, I have lived in Maryland, Ohio, Massachusetts, Virginia, and back to Maryland again…and each experience has been unique and memorable. Although these are geographic locations, I lived some and grew some. Each state, added a little more to my fabric and defintion of who I am. Especially those that coincide with different stages in life, childhood in Camerooon, teen years in Ohio, and emerging adulthood in Massachusetts. I had significant life changing experiences that shaped my perception. Maybe I am making this question a little complicated and more complex than it should be but these are the one of many first questions you get asked as an African in America. I love Africa dearly and will always focus my energies on unveiling and preserving her beauty always. However, I love America and the blessing she has been in my life, education, opportunities, and especially friends. So, “Where am I from?”…I am the product and best of two worlds – Cameroon + America.
Feel free to respond to this topic or discuss a first impression question that you remember. For example: “Where did you learn to speak english?”, “Did you buy that [shirt, pants, shoes etc] here?” , or “Did you live in trees in your country [Africa]?”…How did it make you feel then? How would it make you feel if you were asked the same question today? Thanks for contributing!
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