Get To Know: Susan Zibari

Hi y’all, my name’s Susan, and I’m a Kurdish-American :) I graduated from college last year with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and just recently earned my master’s degree as well. I love to read, travel, play the piano, shop, and attend music festivals once in a while. I’m also a major history fanatic.

Although I was born and raised in the United States (and still live here), my parents never let my siblings and I forget our roots. They did a wonderful job of raising us. I am so well-balanced when it comes to my identity, and I have my parent’s to thank for that. They took parts of what they liked from the Kurdish culture, and parts of the American culture and created their own culture for us. They gave us plenty of freedom but taught us the right way to use it. That being said I have no problem when it comes to my identity. I’m able to identify myself as a Kurd and an American, but just in different ways. What I do struggle with though is the concept of “home”. Growing up as a Kurd in the diaspora confuses you when it comes to the question of home (or at least it does for me). I feel like I don’t belong anywhere. I don’t struggle with my identity, but I struggle with where to call home. Many may argue that Kurds living in the diaspora have two homes yet sometimes it feels like we don’t even have one. I don’t 100% fit in either country, and it’s something you just learn to live with. When I am in America, I think of Kurdistan, and when I visit Kurdistan, I think of America.

 

Diaspora blues

So,
here you are
too foreign for home
too foreign for here.
Never enough for both.

-Meryem Meg


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