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Showing Revision 9 created 09/27/2020 by Sebastian Betti.

  1. My name is Ailin and I have
    multiple nationality syndrome.
  2. What is that?
  3. I was born in Argentina.
  4. I have a Spanish surname,
    my mom is Bolivian and my dad is...
  5. Asian.
  6. I say it that way
    because it's easier for me
  7. to say he is Asian, Chinese or Korean,
  8. rather than explaining that I don't know
    where is he from, where is him,
  9. or who did I get my Asian eyes from.
  10. He left me and my mom
    when I was eight months old.
  11. When I was a little girl
    I found it difficult to understand.
  12. I missed him, without even knowing him.
  13. And I had a huge desire
    to know what he was like,
  14. ask him a thousand questions,
  15. while I was dreaming that
    one day he would come back
  16. and my family would finally be complete.
  17. As I grew older, it made me uncomfortable
    to be singled out for being different.
  18. I was "the Chinese".
  19. As if it was something
    you could be sure of just by my looks,
  20. even when I myself didn't know
    really well about my roots,
  21. my ancestry, my identity.
  22. Everyone seemed to be sure
    that I was Chinese, except me.
  23. It felt like a void, a mystery.
  24. And, within that mystery,
    now I understand, I saw options.
  25. I saw an opportunity.
  26. If everyone thought I was Chinese,
  27. why not learning about being Chinese?
  28. When I was eight years old, I asked
    to be enrolled in a Chinese school
  29. that I attended on weekends.
  30. At the same time, my classmates
    were forced by their parents to go
  31. to perfect their Chinese.
  32. And many of them
    already spoke Chinese at home.
  33. I was there being the exception.
  34. I loved going there.
  35. I was able to share my existential doubts
    with my classmates,
  36. like the identity clash of not knowing
    if you're more Argentinean or Chinese.
  37. They said they felt Chinese in Argentina
  38. and Argentineans when they were in China.
  39. In one place in the world or in the other
    they were seen differently.
  40. I also took on Korean lessons.
  41. And over time I started to care less
    where my dad was from.
  42. And I became more interested
  43. in learning about the culture
    of the countries I was so linked to,
  44. where I found
    different senses of identity.
  45. I would discover myself in the
    exploration of the different tones
  46. that this mystery could take,
    this void to be filled.
  47. Yet other concerns popped up.
  48. I wondered,
    "And what does all this mean?"
  49. "Do I study Chinese
    in order to be Chinese?"
  50. "Do I seek to be Korean
    by studying Korean?"
  51. "Am I trying to fit into the expectation
    others have of me when they see me?"
  52. No, it's not just that.
  53. I discovered that my identity
    it's not fixed,
  54. something concrete
    and with clear boundaries.
  55. And that I am actually
    in a constant transition.
  56. The decisions I made
    which led me to so many experiences
  57. helped me understand
    how to connect worlds,
  58. discover a thousand options
    and possibilities.
  59. Opportunities.
  60. And discover that it is the differences
    between us that enrich us.
  61. My multiple nationality syndrome
    made me to understand life
  62. as a constant transition.
  63. And I suspect each of you
    are also a constant transition.
  64. Each with your many
    multicolored personalities
  65. discovering a thousand options
    and possibilities,
  66. building ideas and dreams;
  67. discovering the multiple tones
  68. that this mystery can take.
  69. Thank you.