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Kate Torgovnick May

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For people who have a hard time answering the question: "Where are you from?"

In Pico Iyer's talk from TEDGlobal 2013, he looks at the complex nature of the question: "Where are you from?" Because while his family originally comes from India, Iyer himself grew up in the United Kingdom. He spent the next 48 years living in the United States. Meanwhile, his heart resides in Japan. He calls these the "pieces of a stained glass self."

As he notes, in our increasingly global world, it's not uncommon to be a half-Korean, half-German woman in love with Paris or a half-Thai, half-French man in Canada.

And so we're curious: what are the pieces of YOUR stained glass whole? Share here and you may see your answers on the TED Blog soon.

I'll share first: I am a half-Italian, half-Polish Jewish-Christian with a Russian last name, who grew up in the Southern United States and now calls herself a New Yorker.

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    Jul 23 2013: I am a decaying organism.
    • Jul 23 2013: No you are not.

      You are in fact a regenerating organism. That with age just can't regenerate fast enough.
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        Jul 23 2013: Don't tell me what I am, fellow decaying organism.
        • Jul 24 2013: I am not telling you what you are, I am telling you what you're not.
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        Jul 24 2013: Actually, you are. But thanks for playing.
        • Jul 25 2013: Actually I'm not, next you play, grab a book on grammar, sentence construction, it helps if you know the rules of the game.
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        Jul 25 2013: Just let it go, sug. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. C'est la vie.

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