PATRIOT SURVEY SAYS!

 
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
— Nelson Mandela
PATRIOT: One who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests.
— Merriam-Webster
 

The origins of the Multinational Patriot Flag & Blog series began many years ago, as I observed my father with a conflicted sense of "patriotism." I worked through attempts at honoring all facets of my heritage, but as an adult, I was struck by how the "American" flag was predominately used by people with a very narrow view of patriotism. (Read more here.) With this platform, we aim to reimagine "patriot" one multinational story and two flags at a time by honoring both our personal and ancestral heritage. 

Share your Multinational Patriot story with us by completing our questionnaire, "PATRIOT SURVEY SAYS!!!" You may complete the survey below via our online form or by emailing your answers to us at connect(at)carbon-fibre.me. 

If you are short on time but would still like to participate, email us a picture that captures the merging (or clashing) of your cultures with a descriptive caption and we will include it in our blog series. Please note that by participating in our survey and blog series, you are accepting our terms and conditions

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to your responses!

~ Onjena Yo

#MultinationalPATRIOT #HonorBOTH #OurPatriotism


PATRIOT SURVEY SAYS!!!

Please note that your answers will not be saved until you submit the form. Not all questions are required. A text format of the questions are provided below for your convenience. 

A. NAME(s)/MEANING:
B. WHAT DOES YOUR NAME AUTOCORRECT TO?
C. NICKNAME(s)/BACKSTORY:
D. SUPERHERO NAME/BACKSTORY:
A. DISH(ES):
B. PHRASE(S)/SLANG (You can provide both original and English translation):
C. QUOTE(S) (You can provide both original and English translation):
D. WORD(S) THAT CANNOT BE TRANSLATED TO ENGLISH:
E. SONG(S)/ARTIST(S):
F. BOOK(S)/AUTHOR(S):
A. USA:
B. YOUR "OTHER" COUNTRY:
C. YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES:
D. HOME:
A. NATIONAL MOTTO: In God We Trust
B. NATIONAL BIRD: Bald Eagle
C. NATIONAL ANTHEM: Star Spangled Banner

PATRIOT SURVEY SAYS!!!

Survey questions are provided in text format below so you may answer at your leisure. Please email your response to us at connect(at)carbon-fibre.me

I. What's in your name?

A. First and/or Family Name/Meaning:

B. What does your name autocorrect to?

C. Nickname/Backstory:

D. Superhero Name/Backstory:

II. Country(ies) of Origin/Residence:

III. States/Regions Lived/Visited in the United States:

IV. Language(s) Spoken:

V. Favorites:

A. Dish(es):

B. Phrase(s)/Slang (You can provide both original and English translations):

C. Quote(s):

D. Word(s) that cannot be translated to English:

E. Favorite Song(s)/Artist(s):

F. Favorite Book(s)/Author(s):

VI. Three words to describe each of the following:

A. USA:

B. Your "other" country:

C. Your experience in the United States:   

D. Home:

VII. Which nationalities/cultures do you represent?

VIII. Where do people assume/guess you are from?

IX. What is the most "creative" way (positive or negative) someone has expressed themselves to you with regard to your nationalities/cultures?

X. What are the biggest differences between your nationalities/cultures?

XI. What are the biggest similarities between your nationalities/cultures?

XII. Share your experience/observations returning to your country after living in the U.S.:

XIII. Share your experience/observations returning to the U.S. after travelling/living abroad:

XIV. Share your experience/observations travelling to different regions within the USA:

XV. Share some accurate/inaccurate and lesser known stereotypes of "Americans" and your "other" nationalities/culture(s):

XVI. How do you define patriot/patriotism?

XVII. What does it mean to be an “American” to you? Did you have a moment when you realized you were or weren't "American"? Did you have a parallel moment in your "other" country? Please share:

XVIII. How would elders in your "other" country define an “American”?

XIX. How would the youth in your "other" country define an “American”?

XX. What “American” qualities/traits do you most admire?

XXI. What “American” qualities/traits do you least admire?

XXII. What makes a country exceptional?

XXIII. What is the "American Dream" to you? How has it changed? What should it be?

XXIV. When you watch international competitions like the Olympics or the World Cup, who do you root for?

XXV. In which countries have you visited a McDonalds or Starbucks (or other popular U.S. chain)? Any interesting observations?

XXVI. Favorite country/place you have visited or lived or want to visit/live? And why?

XXVII. Share a significant memory(ies) involving one/all of your nationalities/cultures.

XXVIII. How has living in the United States impacted/influenced you?

XXIX. What does "assimilation" mean to you? What does "passing" mean to you?

XXX. If the United States was "reborn" today, how would you change the following:

A. National Motto ["In God We Trust"]:

B. National Bird ["Bald Eagle"]:

C. National Anthem ["Star Spangled Banner"]:

BONUS: Which would you rather have named after you... a mountain or a theory? Why?


MULTINATIONAL PATRIOT FLAG & BLOG SERIES: American? But How Can That Be? You are Brown

While on spring break in the late nineties, walking along the beach in Zihuatenejo, Mexico, two curious teens approached me and asked, "De dónde eres?" I replied, "Los Estados Unidos." They were puzzled. "Pero, cómo? Tú eres morena!" (Translation: "Where are you from? The United States. But how? You are brown!")

ixtapa bay, zihuatenejo | www.visitmexico.com

ixtapa bay, zihuatenejo | www.visitmexico.com

our FATHER: young, gifted, black, patriot

our FATHER: young, gifted, black, patriot

our parents: young love

our parents: young love

The "Multinational Patriot Flag & Blog Series" is dedicated to those international friends who could not believe I was from the U.S. and especially dedicated to my “brown” Canadian friends who I couldn’t believe were from Canada... Ahem… I own mine. We all have work to do...

This series grows from the desire to see American icons used in a way that represents the United States as the melting pot that it is. As several fellow tweeters observed, images of the U.S. flag, bald eagles and the like are often displayed in profiles throughout social media to indicate a specific brand of patriotism. Too often, many of these "patriots" lack an inclusive view of what “American” is. Unfortunately, this restrictive point of view is not limited to social media profiles... As a child, I remember watching my father, who served 20 years in the Air Force, quietly replace our flag each time it was stolen from our porch by our "neighbors." I listened to my mother who taught us to assimilate for success but not be a "typical American." To this day, I am still conflicted when expressing my "patriotism."

We are working on a blog series to explore what it means to be a patriot called "Patriot Survey Says!!!" We would love to hear your stories honoring your personal multinational journeys!

We encourage you to #sayitLOUD and share the response with us on twitter @MultiPATRIOT.

Thanks for reading!

Onjena Yo

#multinationalPATRIOT #honorBOTH #OurPatriotism


Twitter: @MultiPATRIOT


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