Identity Essay : My Culture, Identity, And Cultural Identity

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When I contemplate the word “cultural identity”, I think of myself, and what makes up who I am as a person. My cultural identity influences everything about me, from the moment I wake up, to the minute I rest my head on my pillow at night. My culture influences the way I eat, speak, worship, and interact with people. However, I am not only affected by my own culture, but others’ culture as well. I am fortunate to have an extremely rich heritage, and I couldn’t be prouder of my cultural identity. The first, and arguably one of the most important characteristics of my cultural identity is my ethnicity. I come from a traditional Indian household, where both my parents grew up in India. My ancestors are from Tamil Nadu which is in the southeast corner of India. However, over the years, many of them migrated to Kerala, which is located in the southwest corner. Although the two states are very close together, their culture is vastly different. I am very proud to have such an amalgamation of cultures. Fortunately, I have been able to visit India almost every summer, allowing me to witness many of these great practices. One huge part of my ethnicity is my language, which is Tamil. My parents made sure that my sister and I should speak our mother tongue fluently. Being able to speak Tamil allows me to appreciate my heritage even more. However, my mother tongue isn’t the only thing that makes up my culture. Interestingly, I can naturally switch between speaking English in an Indian
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