For the last year and a half, I have been thinking about culture, ethnicity, and identity in my Master’s program on Intercultural and International Communication. Living in a settler nation like Canada, I am surrounded by people who are “from” somewhere else, which gives me a lot of opportunity to experience a multitude of cultures through my friends and acquaintances.
But looking at other cultures and ethnicity led me inward. I was born and raised in Canada. I am Canadian. I was raised within a Dutch community here in Edmonton, so I also think of myself as Dutch. Yet I have never lived in the Netherlands; I don’t even speak more than a few words of Dutch. This made me curious about where this connection to Holland comes from and how I create my Dutch heritage through my family and community.
My goal in this project was not just to let these experiences and reflections end with the due date, but to share it with others in my own Dutch community and perhaps beyond. I hope that anyone who is born in one country, but feels a bond to another can use this site to reflect on what shapes our complex identities. I realize that my project is just a small piece of the story, so if you have a story or a recipe to add to the narrative, I would love to hear from you.