Language Multicultural Family

A half-n-half identity

February 26, 2010
Emily's children

When a bi-cultural identity is as natural as anything else

At five, my daughter Anna Lee hasn’t consciously thought much about her own cultural identity. Most of the time, her imagination and sense of practicality grant her automatic inclusion to any group. When she’s in a Czech setting, she identifies herself as Czech and when she’s in a setting where English is spoken, she’s an English-speaker. She doesn’t usually distinguish between herself and English speakers of other nationalities, apart from noticing different expressions.

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