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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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    Aug 5 2013: IN MY VIEW: We never belonged to a single country or culture or even family. We tend to associate ourselves with such out of comfort, compulsion or at many times to show obedience towards a force which we decide is bigger and better than us. The only place we really belong to is the time and space we occupy during our existence. We are from that time and space. The only thing we need to care about is how we justify our occupation of this time and space. Making our existence meaningful for us is the best thing we can do.

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