Although the authors of the following two poem excerpts are from quite different cultures and have had quite different trajectories across cultures, their experiences share some common features.
In the poem "Search for my tongue" (BHATT 1988, pp.65-66), addresses the battle between the different tongues in her mouth, the mother tongue that begins to rot while the foreign tongue could never be known.
culture, identity, autobiography, activity theory, cultural theory Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2.1 Meanwhile, everything begins 2.2 Culture, activity, and identity 3.
Lived and Constructed Cultural Identity: Autobiography 3.1 Pluricultural experiences and identity 3.2 Racism: Markers of difference 3.3 Diaspora and religious boundaries 3.4 Multiculturalism, pluriculturalism 3.5 Person, identity, and lived experience 4.
You could not use them both together even if you thought that way.
And if you lived in a place you had to speak a foreign tongue, your mother tongue would rot, rot and die in your mouth until you had to spit it out.
In several municipalities, the number of individuals reporting multiple ethnic origins exceeds 50%. What is the culture in reference to which my identity is being constructed?
 What characterizes this new breed of people, those that marry across traditional cultural boundaries and the children that issue from such unions? What is the value of the notion of culture, as in cultural psychology, cultural anthropology, or cultural sociology in a world that is increasingly characterized by is syncretism, bricolage of culture and bricolage of identity?
I hear and presumably comprehend what people say, but do no longer understand.
I have a command of English that I never had of German, though it was my mother's tongue, the kind of tongue that BHATT cannot seem to spit out, and which continues to grow back.