Actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her "otherness" -- first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. A warm, wise talk, fresh from stage at TEDGlobal 2011.
At the age of 10, my mother could no longer manage my hair. “You have too much hair…I can’t deal with it…” she would say repeatedly in Spanish, as she brushed and pulled my thick and wavy hair into three tamed colitas (horse’s tails) — one on top, two on the sides.
When I moved to this country as a teenager many years ago, I was baffled by the terminology many used to describe me. They called me Latina or Hispanic, but I had no idea what they meant because I described myself as peruana.
As an immigrant living in the United States it is very difficult to maintain one’s culture and identity intact, since it’s only natural to be influenced by our new lifestyle and the predominant culture...