So where are you from???

By: Natasha Chughtia
By: Natasha Chughtia

I get this question a lot. Actually it’s a lot more than a lot. It’s all the time. Most times it’s a very innocent curious question and I have no problem answering it so what better place to do so then my blog?

So where am I from?

I am really, really proud of my roots from Pakistan. My parents both were born and raised there. They were married in Lahore and moved to the United States to attend college. My dad came down first to Saint Paul, Minnesota. He got a tiny apartment and started taking classes with full intention to return home when he was done. A few years later my mom went to join him. She said when she stepped off that plane she couldn’t believe how my dad looked. He was a total hippie and had lost a ton of weight! She got straight to cooking her famous delicious Pakistani meals and attending classes of her own.

Both my parents were trailblazers. They were the first ones to do something so bold and leave the comfort of family behind to pursue dreams half a world away. Maybe that is where I get my wandering desire from as well. While at the University of Minnesota-my parents started the first branch of the Pakistani Students Association. They flew a flag outside of a rented house and it became a haven for International students coming from abroad. Years later I would join as well and it became a big part of my college life.

While my parents were finishing up school and started jobs they decided to stay in Minnesota and then I came along. I was born in married student housing and grew up with a lot of Pakistani Aunties and Uncles everywhere! Hana followed about a year later and fourteen years after I was born my awesome brother Robby entered the picture.

Currently my parents live in Minnetonka, Minnesota and that is home for me. I consider myself a mix of east and west. I love so many parts of being a first generation and can speak the language with ease. Home is Minnesota and always will be but being in the South is wonderful so far.

So there you have it. I am a first generation Pakistani American woman living in the South. I am loving this adventure.




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