Layers Not Fractions

I found this quote on a blog that I read, and thought it beautifully described the experiences of so many of us who are made up of different pieces of cultures/identities/places/languages.

“I am not ‘Half Japanese’ and ‘Half Lithuanian Jewish.’ When I’m singing a Japanese folk song, I don’t sing with half my voice, but with my whole voice. When I’m taping together my grandparents’ Jewish marriage contract, worn by time but still resilient, it’s not half of my heart that is moved, but my whole heart. I am complete, and I embody layers of identities that belong together. I am made of layers, not fractions.”

–Yumi Thomas

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