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!
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.
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?
D. Superhero Name/Backstory:
II. Country(ies) of Origin/Residence:
III. States/Regions Lived/Visited in the United States:
IV. Language(s) Spoken:
B. Phrase(s)/Slang (You can provide both original and English translations):
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:
B. Your "other" country:
C. Your experience in the United States:
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?
Born in the 1930s in Boa Vista, Cape Verde, Logi immigrated to the United States in the 1950s and raised six children with her husband, William in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and upstate New York. Louisa Gina shares lessons from her life to help others improve their own lives. She concludes each story with, “I am forever grateful.” Here are some of her stories…and recipes.
BAKING BANANA BREAD
Logi’s disocvery of some very ripe bananas in the grocery store prompted her to teach me how to make her famous banana bread.
Black man, underpaid, spends considerable effort not being blamed for something that can get him fired while trying to avoid not feeling “slave-ish”.
Black woman, underpaid, does the job of easily a dozen people for a pat on the back and less than the pay rate of one... while she tries to keep her head down long enough to retire before being burned out.
Both periodically deal with the mindf**k of watching the lazy, complaining, incompetent, but entitled co-worker get promoted past them, earning ultimately many times their salary just for showing up.
Each spends considerable time questioning their respect and dedication to the efforts of those that came before them, while they feel twisted up inside for not carrying the flag of the Black empowerment agenda higher.
All the while, they contend with the presence of c**ns...
These horrible sellout, bucking and shining negros that slip into these environments, playing their colored skins into a tool to nestle into a position of comforting “Massa’s” testicles... long enough to become “your” managers.
You know them, these tough-talking, almost corporate looking, self-important proponents of doing things the “right way” and being “accountable”... while they screw up every position that they stole by taking credit for the work of others... leaving right before they get fired and remarkably continuing to fail uphill...
perpetually adding ammunition for discriminatory work-mates to fire at you while you’re just trying to get your job done and survive in the workplace.
A good part of the Black cultural “job” experience is trying to figure out how to resolve wanting to slant someone’s head sideways without upending your own precarious position... and medicating the little stabbings that occur daily...
The little deaths.
And you wonder why there’s so much substance abuse and family conflict in what is left of our communities.
I write this to let you know that you are not alone... that your truth is “the” truth, and you have the right to feel fu**ed up when that vacation day a**hole gets promoted and your buddy gets fired for taking an extra 10 minutes on that cigarette break...
... and the one that put the hammer on him was that lavender tie, custard pocket-square wearing... or that bobbed perm, too-red lipstick wearing... smilie-so-bright-at-owner supervisor that’s better than you... than all of us that just don’t get “it”.
Keep your head up.
Fight the power.
Live your life.
By Onjena Yo