Hybrid Identities


In the self-portrait that I studiously and diligently drew, I represent both my local and global identities. There are 3 flags, 2 of them (China and the USA) represent my global identities and the other (the Philippines) represents my local identity. As you can see from the portrait, the flags show the connections with a certain characteristics/features.

Living in the Philippines all my life has shaped my local identity. My mind is accustomed to Filipino cultures, traditions, mannerisms and lifestyles. I leave the last piece of food on the table and point with my mouth. Another thing is language, I can speak some Tagalog which I think really defines my local identity.

By blood, I am also Chinese and this has an impact on my global identity. My family sometimes mixes Chinese traditions in my Filipino home. We celebrate Chinese New Year every year. I also look Chinese and this plays a major role in what others see in me.

Because of globalization, the spread of Western Culture has affected my global identity. Particularly, American pop culture. Because of social media, I developed a thinking similar to those of my generation. I check my phone very often. This part of me is the most “global”.

Having a hybrid identity is very intriguing. Sometimes we fail to notice who we really are and what constitutes our identity. I believe that this hybrid identity is something we as humans should continue to build on and expand, because we can learn a lot from who we are and who we can become.