Sadithi De Zilva – My home is my anchor
Sadithi De Zilva was born in Sri Lanka but was raised in Hong Kong. She currently lives in New York. Despite being so International, she still considers herself a Hong Konger. We caught up with her to share a few of her thoughts on identity, home and belonging.
Sadithi De Zilva
Hi, my name is Sadithi De Zilva. I was born in Sri Lanka but was raised in Hong Kong and
am currently living in New York. My goal would be to be an actress and somehow
simultaneously take care of animals.
“my home is my anchor that I can always come back to.”
To me, home means familiarity and family. I always like to step out of my comfort zone
but my home is my anchor that I can always come back to. I see Hong Kong as that
To tell people, “I’m from Hong Kong,” almost always resulted in weird looks from whoever I was talking to. I looked like a Sri-Lankan, but I didn’t speak the language nor did I fully understand the societal rules that I was expected to follow because of it. Every time I went back to visit family, it always felt like a vacation to a foreign island rather than my birthplace.
Being a local, at least for me, meant understanding how things worked; how to get around independently and how to make the city yours.
Identity and Belonging
I’m a firm believer that where you come from does not define who you are. Our identities
consist of a bundle of different labels and it’s up to the person themselves to decide what is important to them. I think it is important to have some sense of belonging with some
place or group because it builds the foundation for your identity.
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