The Importance Of My Cultural And Ethnic Identity

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¬¬Cultural and ethnic identities are not things that you are born with. Sure your ethnic heritage may determine things like the color of your skin, but an ethnic identity stretches far deeper than just skin color. Cultural and ethnic identities are things that are learned over time. They are formed through a collection of teachings, experiences, and choices. This autobiography will explore how my ethnic and cultural identities developed throughout my life. I will focus on aspects from school, from my family, and from my friends that led to the formation of my cultural and ethnic identities.
I was born biracial. My father is Italian American and my mother is 100% Filipino. As a result, I have been exposed to a wide range of beliefs, values,
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From an early age, my mother taught me a lot about the values and traditions of Filipino culture. She attempted to teach me the Filipino language, but I never stuck with it. She taught me how to make traditional Filipino food like lumpia, which is a Filipino egg roll, and adobo, which is a Filipino chicken dish. She also taught me the importance of working hard so I could have a stable future. She always stressed the importance of getting good grades in school, which is common among Asian mothers, and most mothers I’m sure. My father was not as impactful on shaping my ethnic identity like my mother, but he played a major role in shaping my personal values. My father is a selfless person who always goes out of his way to help others no matter how big or how small the task. Even though he never explicitly told me to act this way, I wanted to, out of my own will. I want to be the kind of person my father is, someone who finds joy in helping other people. He taught me the importance of having a passion and being creative. I took these values and applied them to my love of …show more content…
Cultural identity is, “the emotional significance that we attach to our sense of belonging or affiliation with the larger culture” (Ting-Toomey and Chung, 2012). In high school I was fully immersed in the music culture. During the summer between 8th grade and freshman year, I joined my high school’s marching band. My experience in the high school marching band really helped me become a better musician. I made friends with a lot of other passionate musicians who were constantly pushing each other to get better. I could tell how much they loved music and their passion rubbed off on me. However, the marching band was only the stepping stone in my introduction to the music culture. What really established my love for music was when I formed my own rock band with three of my friends. This really helped me establish myself in my school’s music culture. It led me to meet other local bands at the school and we all became friends. We all played shows together at local clubs in the area and we developed healthy rivalries between all of us to see who would take things to the next level. Even though the majority of the people in the music scene were white males, it did not matter to me. I had no trouble making friends with them. Your race did not matter, we all saw each other as musicians first and foremost. The friends I met in my school’s music scene and in my own band really shaped my personal

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