Identities - 28 February

From TED Radio Hour, 7:06 pm on 28 February 2016

Each of us has a sense of who we are, where we come from, and what we believe. But is identity assigned at birth? Shaped by circumstance? Or is it something we choose, that changes over time? In this hour, four TED speakers describe their journeys to answer the question: who am I?

Participants:

Entrepreneur Tan Le tells her family's harrowing journey from Vietnam to Australia. She talks about how her upbringing as a Vietnamese refugee living in Australia has defined her identity.

Writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents and how the experience shaped the identities of both parent and child.

Novelist Elif Shafak  describes how fiction has allowed her to explore many different lives, to jump over cultural walls, and how it may have the power to overcome identity politics.

Writer Pico Iyer: observes that country and culture used to serve as the cornerstones of identity, but, he asks,  what does "home" mean to someone who comes from many places?

From NPR’s TED Radio Hour

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