The immigrant experience is different for everyone, but the identity assumed is always in context to the place you’ve come from or the place you’ve arrived. Is that true?
Alex: You know, I’m interested in the idea of home and where you make your home. For me it's about language. When I met Eder, I started to live in that language (Spanish) again, which felt like home. Living in a particular language can be a story of its own.
Eder: Exactly. My daughter (who is 9) jokes with me, like, “Don’t worry, we’ll learn English together.” And it’s true, I learn how to write and how to spell with her. So in that way, it has been great to be an immigrant with her so that we can learn the language together. Learning to spell with my kids has been an interesting experience for me because I can be there for them and they can be there for me.
And Eder, what about you? How you do think about your identity in the context of an immigrant living in New York?
Eder: I’ll never be who I was back home. As they say, “In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.” For me, it’s kind of the same thing. I’m Basque outside of the Basque country. I advocate for Basque culture through food, but for me, for better or worse, I will always be an immigrant. Because of the way I talk, the way that I think, and so on.