Skrzynecki My Chinese Identity Analysis

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BELONGING ESSAY Peter Skrzynecki explores this notion of belonging being influenced by these contexts in his poems Feliks Skrzynecki and St Patrick’s College, where Skrzynecki describes his complications with assimilating to the Australian culture and dissimilating with his polish heritage. Similarly, the monologue, “My Chinese Identity” by William Yang, expresses that one’s sense of belonging is shaped by their cultural experiences. The construct of belonging is one that is created from birth, and has both negative and affirmative connotations. Skrzynecki’s attempt of belonging to the institutional environment of St Patrick’s College, burdens him with a haunting sense of exclusion, highlighting that his time at the school was one of painful…show more content…
Feliks’ perception of belonging is formed by his personal experiences and this revolves around his garden, in which he seems to have created another world of his own emphasised in the simile ’Loved his garden like an only child’, demonstrating his devotion towards his piece of earth in a foreign land. “He never lost his language, never even learnt English” demonstrates Feliks’ comfort with not belonging to Australian society. Feliks is depicted as never being able to be an Australian because his identity has been forged in the Polish culture. In contrast, Skrzynecki is depicted as not being able to belong to the Polish culture. Skrzynecki feels excluded while his family reminisce of Poland and jealous of his father’s stoic nature. The irony is that while learning the dead language of Latin he forgets his own language “Stumbling over tenses in Caesar’s Gallic Wars, I forgot my first Polish word.” He is frustrated however by his lack of cultural identity unlike Feliks who is expressed as being “happy as I have ever been”: having known exactly where he belongs. Skrzynecki articulates that he is metaphorically “pegging my tents - Further and further south of Hadrian’s Wall.” Hadrian’s Wall being what his father considers his cultural sanctuary, specifically the garden he…show more content…
It is evident that perceptions of belonging are shaped by personal, historical, social and cultural contexts and these factors contribute to the stable development of a personal identity and a sense of belonging. Through an analysis of texts, it can be interpreted that it is in human nature to long to belong, and it is through this that humans receive

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