In society we tend to associate language with Identity as well; I feel as though many seem to fall victim to the divide that language association has created. For example in Pakistan, speaking Punjabi and being Punjabi is an Identity — instead of being “Pakistani”, one is often “Punjabi Pakistani”. Further to that the religious divide in the country, the conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Hence, it’s a culture that divides further what is already so brittle because of language identity association.
There have been evident cultural clashes and stereotypes largely due to the language identity divide.
It’s a culture, of course; but it seems many associate it with their identity.
For someone like me, whose first language is English and is Biracial; I tend to not fit in anywhere.
Because to the outside, I am neither a complete Pakistani, nor a complete Urdu speaker, nor a complete Punjabi, just an often misunderstood misplaced identity.
Wa alaykumu as-salam.