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My process and concept were initially influenced by the topic of hybridity in postcolonial theory. Below are some textual sources that informed my thinking and the decisions I made, as well as the writings that I drew vocabulary from.
Childs and Williams. “Bhabha’s Hybridity.” In P. Childs and P. Williams, eds. An Introduction to Post-Colonial Theory. London: Prentice Hall, 1997. 157-184.
Hall, Stuart. “Cultural Identity and Diaspora.” In P. Williams and L. Christman, eds.
Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory. New York: Columbia UP, 1994. 392-403.
Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin. The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2008. Print.
Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. San Francisco: Aunt Lute, 1987. Print.
Brah, Avtar. Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities. London: Routledge, 1996. Print.
Clifford, James. “Traveling Cultures.” Cultural Studies. Ed. Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson, and Paula A. Treichler. New York: Routledge, 1992. 96-116. Print.
Atkinson, David. Cultural Geography : A Critical Dictionary Of Key Concepts. London: I.B. Tauris, 2005. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web.
Pollock, David C., and Ruth E. Van Reken. Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds. Rev. ed. Boston: Nicholas Brealey Pub., 2009. Print.
The title of this project is adapted from a line in Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself." I must also note that while the portraits on this website were photographed by myself (special thanks to my kind volunteers), all the other images are from online sources.
In a globalizing and modernizing world with varying degrees of intersecting cultures, histories and lives, we no longer exist in essentialist, singular spaces. Like motion, the perception of ourselves (be it internal or external) change under different frames of reference, depending on how we are positioned in the world.
Through visualizing hybridity, I hope to create an experience that explores a more honest representation of people — examining identity as a continuous developing process, as complex and multifaceted, and existing within multiple modes of representation. This website allows the user to interact with a series of abstract narratives and visual metaphors that represent some of the many constituents of identity. With this understanding of multiplicity within ourselves and the people we share our world with, I hope my project reminds us too
of the limitations of labels and the inaccuracies of generalizations.