Which identity do you identify with?

Question: Which identity do you identify with

Dovey: I usually say I’m South African. I’ve retained the accent, and I think that must have some sort of deep psychological reason. And you know I think more and more for people this is, you know, the reality of life in a globalized world. It’s less and less the exception. And you know you could complain about it endlessly and say you have no home and . . . but it’s also this incredible privilege to move between countries. And so I try and remind myself of that anytime, you know, I’m about to fall into the trap of self-pity. You know having family members . . . My parents are now in Australia. My sister’s in London. I’m in New York. And it is a dilemma of how does a family ever then find its way back to one another after so long of being apart. But at the moment it still feels more like . . . like a gift.

Recorded on: 12/6/07

A globalized identity is a gift, says Dovey.

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