Tell Me Who To Be

Nishi Patel

If you identify as bicultural, you most likely were raised in a household that nourished two cultures. But, this rarely means that someone is 50 percent one culture and 50 percent the other. As a first generation American in an Indian family, I never really felt like I was American enough or Indian enough. Having gone through most of my schooling in India, I was always the odd one out, because I was the American. But, after moving back to the United States, I didn’t feel American enough either. That’s when I realized that being bicultural is more of a spectrum—where you land depends on how you were raised and your choices in life.
Tell Me Who To Be is a printed zine that features a collection of stories from people of color who have struggled with their bicultural identity. Through the use of expressive typography, handwriting and digital illustration, the zine creates an overall personal experience for the reader. It is also supported by an Instagram account, @tellmewhotobe, that introduces each story and will promote other resources about biculturality. The project aims to spark conversations about bicultural journeys between people with similar and different backgrounds to support and celebrate each other.