"All experience is local. All identity is experience. I'm not a national. I'm a local. I'm multilocal. See; I have no relationship with the United States, all 50 of them - not really. My relationship is with Brookline - the town where I grew up - with New York City, where I started work, with Lawrenceville, where I spend Thanksgiving. What makes America home for me is not my passport or accent but these very particular experiences. Despite my pride in Ewe culture, the Black Stars and my love of Ghanaian food, I've never had a relationship with the Republic of Ghana writ large. My relationship is with Accra, where my mother lives, where I go each year. These are the places that shaped my experience. My experience is where I'm from.
What if we asked, instead of - where are you from? - where are you a local? The difference isn't the specificity of the answer. It's the intention of the question. .... What are we really thinking, when we ask where someone comes from? And what are we really seeing when we hear an answer?"
– Taiye Selasi, How Do The Places We Call Home Inform Our Identities?