The 20th ‘motive’ from @motiveyounglife a project of documenting ‘motives’, the 100 individuals.
“Where are you from?” is the question I always received but could never give a proper answer to, until I discovered Taiye Selasi, a ‘multilocal’ of New York, Rome, and Accra. I was born in Seoul, grew up in Sydney, Baku, Kansas City, Jinan, Jerusalem, and recently lived in Malmö, and now currently living in Seongnam. A sovereign state, statehood, country or nation, all the logic behind it, is just a vague concept that was invented. I could not understand a life of an individual merely based on this concept, and I wished not to. Because my “rituals, relationships, and restrictions” all come from different cities and ‘locals’. And that is why I am studying International Relations and Communications, in order to understand myself, my life and the spaces around me.
I documented my life in all these cities, and the people I’ve met while traveling as a ‘multilocal’ in an alphabetical order, and self published my book called “The Alphabet Book”. And the most recent cities I want to include in my book are Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, from my 39th country I’ve visited so far, India. I love traveling to other cities keeping in mind of becoming a local in that city one day.
It is important to replace the “language of nationality” with the “language of locality”, because it’s in our culture and experience where we are actually “from”. “So don’t ask where I’m from, but ask where I’m a local.”