Intercultural Identity

Decent Essays

An individual’s culture, upbringing, privileges, orientation etc. all affect how one views the world. In order to confront difficult issues, such as social justice, one must realize how their positionality effects their epistemologies. Takacs (2002) states that “when we develop the skill of understanding how we know what we know, we acquire a key to lifelong learning” (p. 28). Being able to discern why we view the world in a certain way leads to truths about one’s own identity, such as their privileges in society.
However, these identities are not always apparent. Tatum (2000) states that “it is our targeted identities that hold our attention, while the dominant identities go unexamined” (p. 7). In order to develop a holistic sense of self, we must examine all parts of our being. As my interviewer remarked: “you have to know who you are, and how you show up in pieces, and the impact that may give to others, because that definitely contributes” (A. Rubango, personal communication, September 13, 2017). Every person has their own multitude of identities. My interviewer’s own identity contains numerous components as a female, an immigrant from the Congo, and having a middle-class SES. Through her many target and dominant identities, she has acknowledged how these “pieces” have given her a unique viewpoint on the world, and how they have affected her view on issues, such as those pertaining to social justice.
Exploring one’s identity is crucial, but it is vital on the

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