Heisui’s Thoughts: Where are you from? (And of course, where am I from?)
One thing that is quite rewarding about being a drama fan & drama blogger is that you get to interact with people from all over the world. At first when I started my blog, I thought I would mainly get views from North America. It turns out though, that my blog gets visitors from many different countries, particularly in South East Asia but also in Europe, South America, and even Africa! O: Yup, drama fans come from all over and it is kinda mind boggling once you really think about it.
Just to give you a feel for what I mean, here’s a map of my blog stats showing where views came from. The red & dark orange regions show where the most highly concentrated views are from.
And to be more specific, here’s the top 10 countries that visitors on my blog came from:
Yup, that’s quite the diverse group, eh? *W* Of course, it is hard to tell where the majority of frequent visitors come from since that is not measured in my blog stats. But I can confirm, I have chatted with drama fans from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, the U.K., France, Indonesia, Hong Kong, etc. Usually I can’t tell where people come from right away because after all…I can’t hear your accents when I’m reading what you wrote, haha! 😛 I can kinda guess though based on people’s vocabulary or if they randomly mention it in a conversation. It is always a pleasant surprise when I find out where people are from!
^I come from another dimension that exists in xxxholic.
Anyways of course, I’m going to answer this question myself. “Where am I from?” Actually I’m from the U.S. (and I’m currently residing in the U.S. :3) However if you live in a very multiethnic community you might be used to the double meaning of “Where do you come from?”. In other words, this question is kinda ambiguous. When people ask you where you’re from, they could be asking where were you raised or where you live. But oftentimes when people ask me this, they mean “What ethnicity are you? Where did you COME FROM?” To which I answer, “I’m a Chinese American.” Some people may seem a bit surprised since I am very into Asian dramas and Asian pop culture, but actually I have never lived in China; I was born and raised in the U.S. Also I cannot speak Mandarin or Cantonese since the language wasn’t passed down between generations.
So to me watching Asian dramas is a way of connecting with my heritage. I don’t want to get all deep right now but the experience of watching dramas (and Chinese dramas in particular) is kind of like the “outside looking in” feeling. I connect with dramas, I love them, and of course they are a large part of my life since drama-watching is my hobby. But there will always be the reminder that I am outside looking in, sort of a part of it..but not exactly. It’s a complicated thing, being a part of two identities.
So, of course this begs the question, where are YOU from? To be more specific, what country do you live in and what ethnicity are you? While we’re at it, what language(s) do you speak? 😀
*Update: Wow everyone, I am really amazed by all of the great responses I’ve gotten! It’s so amazing to hear about where you are all from, where you’ve been and where you are.