Some interesting developments on the subject matter of my book. I saw an old friend recently that was taken aback by the fact that I was going to write about struggles with my culture or heritage. Her fear was that because I come from a country that already has some negative stereotypes in the American media then anything disparaging I say about that country or culture will be blown out of proportion and used to further the negative misunderstandings of that country.
I have to say that she said it in a way that I found hurtful and patronizing but she did bring up something that I will have to think about very carefully. When writing about anything like cultural identity, even if it is strictly ones own views of that identity, one needs to be careful not to generalize the entire culture or country.
My story is simply that, it is my story. And I will work to make sure that whatever conclusions I reach about my culture will be based on only what I have seen and not a total evaluation of the past or the current people of that culture.
Talking to her, or rather debating her, for the last few days has brought to light the fact that revealing myself in a memoir will have a marked impact on the relationships I have in my life. Some good and some not so good. But I'm ready for that. I think you reach a place in your life where you are ready to show your authentic self to the world and inevitably some will like that self and some will not. And that's OK.