How To Be When You Don't Belong : Rough Translation Your stories and creative solutions to not quite fitting in.
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What do you do when your complicated identities and origin stories are reduced to a single label or category that doesn't quite fit?

In our last episode, we asked listeners for their ideas on how to respond when strangers or family members try to fit them into a box.

We received an outpouring of responses—voicemails and emails from all over the world.

In the second part of our series on identity and belonging, we share some of the tips and tactics that our listeners are using to cope and thrive in a world that often tries to narrow their options.


Send us an email with your own Rough Translation moments at roughtranslation@npr.org.

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