Belonging and Identity

Area of Study: Belonging question ( 20 marks )
By: Mary Marquez
Thesis Statement:
“ When you know and respect your identity, you know where you belong. You also know where you don’t belong.”

What does knowing your IDENTITY mean?
This means knowing who you are, knowing your name,   knowing yourself, how you look like, your family, knowing what they are like, your ethnic group membership whether you are an Asian, African, European , knowing what language you speak, what food you eat, what religious organization you belong to, what personal and cultural values matter to you and many more.

Respecting your IDENTITY means – that you accept who you are and you value everything about you and you take pride of yourself, of who you are. Because you accept who you are and you take pride of who you are, it follows also that you associate yourself with people who you like to be with, you join organizations where you know you will be accepted and valued, you go to places where you feel secured and safe, you pretty much do things that make you happy.

Moreover, if you know yourself well, you will not do anything that will harm or hurt you. You will probably think twice before you make friends or connect with people whose personality, values and culture are different from you. You will probably hesitate to go to places that may cause danger to you or your life simply because their faith or culture is opposite from your own.
The two prescribed texts that we studied in class, namely: China Coin novel by Allan Baille and the poems written by Peter Skrzynecki highlighted these ideas on identity.
Leah identified herself strongly as an English-Australian.   She was born and grew up in Sydney. Her father David was an English man. Although, her mum Joan is a Chinese, Leah never identified herself as a Chinese. There were many little incidents in the novel when Leah disliked being in another place simply because she did not belong there.
At the beginning of the novel, in...