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Aug. 1st, 2014 02:38 pm
taelle: (sad)
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I am always wary about claiming a national identity. I never claim to be Jewish - I used to introduce myself as 'fake-Jewish', - I never felt comfortable with 'Russian' as a nationality, I feel it's more of a ... citizenship (damn, I lack words, in English nationality seems to be a bit of a different thing); then again, I am uncomfortable stating I love this country (see, saying 'this country' is considered to be an insult for too many people), it's just mine.

I was thinking about various emigration possibilities and some of them apparently involve claiming other national identities. I sort of feel it to be cheating. Not 'cheating on my country with this other one' but cheating as in stating something which is not true in order to reach my goals.

I am not sure I feel Russian, but I am not sure I am anything. Well, not on that level. I do feel loyalty and attachment to places, and to sociocultural groups (I am becoming more and more attached to identifying myself as part of intelligentsia as it is once again becoming something to deride). But nations are too big and too alien.

on 2014-10-11 06:16 pm (UTC)
maria_gorynceva: (Зазеркалье)
Posted by [personal profile] maria_gorynceva
Oh my question about your understanding Russian seem to be rather stupid. Now I am sure you do understand it.
Edited on 2014-10-11 06:17 pm (UTC)

on 2014-10-12 02:37 pm (UTC)
maria_gorynceva: (что тут скажешь)
Posted by [personal profile] maria_gorynceva
You are doing here just what we all do. I don't have any questions about that. And as a matter of fact I don't care who you are. Those who want to tell me about themselves do tell it. And those who don't shouldn't be persuaded.

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