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Writing a self-reflective tirade is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks to perform The part of my life that I am going to make known to you is a subject that I myself have been wondering about I have found myself pondering this topic for an unusually long time I decided to write about my culture-- the one thing about myself which I understand the least This question which is so easy for others to answer often leads me into a series of complicated explanations I was born in the US to an American mother and an Arabic father I am now nearly twenty-six which means I have spent half of my life being Arabic and the other half trying to be American or is it the other way around I do not consider myself Arab-American I am too Americanized to be Arabic although by birthright I am American So what does all this have to do with my culture what does a label really matter to cultural identity It matters much I believe that this seemingly trivial confusion over labels reveals the even greater confusion that surrounds my cultural identity Am I a bridge between these two multifaceted cultures or have I become a mosaic displaying colors from here and there and elsewhere too Perhaps both and I could be a colorful bridge or perhaps neither Whatever the case I cannot seem to separate these absolutely disparate realities within me Their forces are still clashing coming together within me creating an extraordinary mystery out of me I believe that to truly analyze my culture the roots of this confusion must be explored I must try to encompass the widths of two worlds their unique interactions within mewhich I hope constitute what is called culture I am an alien of sorts I am an alien in my own country but what is my own country I am an alien wherever
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