Two Homelands: Identities on the Borders

My years of identity research have taught me that the question of who belongs or does not belong is best understood when we appreciate that the “we” of any community or nation live on the borders of many identities simultaneously. Some of us are “commuters,” others of us are “integrators,” and all of us are identity “negotiators.” Some of us commute across identity borders depending on the setting we find ourselves in, others try to integrate them into one hybrid identity, and still others transcend those borders altogether.