Saturday, November 3, 2012



From Guinea Conakry
“It is important where you come from, but it is also of importance where I am now, Sweden.
I love Guinea. That is where I have my family. That is my country of origin”

“I often say that I am from God, but I was born in Malmö, in the Skåne region."

"If you had asked me when I was your age, I would have said ‘no.’(it is not important where you are from) but now I feel that I have always made it a priority to keep my language, my dialect.  
I think about when we grew up, when we were kids, I think that the dialect we live with as children is in some way a part of your identity. For me, now, it is very important that my burring “R”s exist.“It is important. There is so much with childhood that still characterizes you –even if you move far away –that ties you to your roots. I can’t say why it is that way. I can only point it out.
I haven’t lived there (Malmö) in 50 years, but I can imagine that I would like to die there.”

From Stockholm
"That question, that is near impossible. I have never thought about ‘where you are from.’ No, I don’t think it is important where you’re from, but it is exciting to know where other people are from. I
t can be important to find out where you come from, yourself. For example if you are adopted and don’t know where you are from. Many who have been adopted seek out their roots to find a foundation to stand on. It seems very important -if you discuss it with them."

Sven and AnnMarie
From Munkfors, Värmland


“As long as I was working, it (home) was in Värmland. It was first when I was retired that we left, so to speak."

“It (where you are from) is only important in the way that one feels something for that place. Clearly, (it is important) being born and raised there, that you feel a special way towards that place. Some are living there still, and are close relatives.”

From Lebanon
“I was born and raised in Lebanon, but my origin is Palestine. I have never been to Palestine, but that is my origin. Of course it is important (where you come from). Your own country...You must be proud of where you come from. You try to show a good image of where you are from.”


Josefine and Ebba, from left
From: Stockholm

“I think so (that it is important where you are from). Its not that I judge someone for where they come from but I think it influences who you become. I had certainly been different if i had been raised somewhere else.”

“No. I dont think that its important where one comes from. But it affects who you become...who you are.”