"Cultural Survival" - Identity Issues

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I believe mixed race individuals are the future norm!

I was recently approached by a talented composer Thomas Geodecke, to write a piece focused on indentity loss, primarily regarding today`s indigenous people. I instantly was drawn to the project as I myself immediately identified with the subject matter having struggled with indentity throughout my own personal life. I know countless of you, can very well relate with the challenges of identity formation. I`m an Australian, with an ethnic Albanian heritage and now living in Switzerland for over 9 years. Moreover, my children already hold dual passports of both Australian, Swiss, and in a few years will be speaking five languages fluently.

Have you ever struggled with your identity? My troubling issues began when I visited the Republic of Kosovo in my confusing years as a teen - I felt out of place, could barely utter the language, and often brushed off "excuse her, she is not familliar with our customs." It was disapointing, not the people - they were warm and lovely. I did however connect with the traditional music, and I was up and dancing in no time. I won`t share anymore of my experiences because they are not concerning or as agonizing as what native tribes experience. They continue to be marginalised, manipulated and exploitated, forced to move away from their sacred land, and refused human rights.

I did some research in order to learn more about this complex subject, and trust it would assist my portrayal of a native, or biracial person in todays society. Mixed race individuals are the future norm! Already it is evident in most first class nations, especially within international cities where a high percentage of the poplulation are beautifully mixed. Although people with ethnic backgrounds &/or biracial people may find constructing indentity such a difficult path, I learnt that there are shifts taking place; instead society is struggling to define them. What`s your views on this?

Below you can view my recent poems "Cultural Survival", "Troubled Existance" (two versions) an account of a man trying to create an indentity for himself, straddling to cultures, experiencing disconnection to society as a whole. Comments are very welcomed, I appreciate feedback. Thankyou & Enjoy.

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"Authenticity" Mixed Media Collage

POEM: Troubled Existance

By Meg Nezaj (c) 2014 (Version 2)

I feel alone
All day I moan
Where do I call home?
Treading through dry land
I dream of turbulant rain
To wash out
Confusion, pain
Drench my feet
Into the earth
To sense I belong
Like a rock on the seabed
Never reaching ashore
Like a fish tossed in the air

I`m displaced in dispair
So I climb
The mountain`s edge
There awaits amity


POEM: Cultural Survival

By Meg Nezaj (c) 2014

Why do I live?
What to live for?
No place to call home
Treading through dry land
I dream
Of turbulant rain
To wash out
Confusion and pain
Drench my feet
Into the earth
To feel, to belong
Like a rock on a seabed
Never reaching ashore
Ethnic torture
Like a fish tossed above
– displaced
Like a frozen stream
– defeated
Like a mangoe covered in snow
How will its beauty be told?
Like an olive tree
Planted in sand
How will it grow?
I open my eyes
And all I see
Mixed races
All staring at me
They say this is the way
But my heart beats
To a distant sound
Everything is lost
Every part of me.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Pearl(Meg), good hub and I like the poems. Well done. I agree with you that due to most countries now being multi-cultural, people of mixed race will almost certainly become the norm within the not too distant future. It is sad though that in most cases the native inhabitants of countries are not treated with the same respect as immigrants or those from other ethnic backgrounds.


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pearlmacb 2 years ago from Switzerland Author

Greetings from Zurich Jodah, thanks for visiting :) Yes, thats true I experienced that in Australia, aborignals were considered a problematic race. Despite the various programs provided for them, the majority continued to suffer, often turning to alcohol abuse etc - very sad. I had a soft spot for them, I would listen to their struggles when I worked in community service. I felt helpless all I could do was pray.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

An important topic to write about in our current complex society and you have done it so well in both poetry and prose. I think many people think the way you do, perhaps that's why there's so much interest in tracing family trees - because it seems essential to know our roots and I guess all of us are mixed race in some way.


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pearlmacb 2 years ago from Switzerland Author

Hi BlossomSB, thankyou for your kind comment. Yes, and tracing ones family tree helps better understand your parents and oneself perhaps.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

In our modern world and the more cultural intermingle it's so important to get back to one's roots and understand where we came from to know where we are going. Passing this on.


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pearlmacb 2 years ago from Switzerland Author

Gypsy Rose Lee: Yeap absolutely isn`t that the truth! thankyou for visiting my work and sharing it :)


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Michelle Ascani 2 years ago from Deep in the Heart of Texas

A lot of people try to state that God intended for races not to mix. As an advid follower of Christ, I believe He intended us all to love each other greater than our own selves. His purpose for mentioning mixing of races was actually mixing of faiths. He did not want His children to be drawn away from their God by marrying into an unGod-like faith. I pray more "Christians" can begin to understand this, and let go of all generational lies passed down to them having to do with racism or hate. God made each one of us wonderfully and equally.


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pearlmacb 2 years ago from Switzerland Author

Hi Michelle, I`m with the same understanding as you, defiantly mixing of faiths & not races. I was raised in Australia, and I have always had an appreciation for multiculturalism. Simply beautiful and worth celebrating!

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