I’m Rebecca Jade, and I’m originally from north Wales. For those who don’t know, Wales is part of the United Kingdom, and we have our own distinct culture and language, which I was immersed in growing up. I haven’t lived in Wales many years, having moved to London at the age of 18 and staying for 18years. The move to a big city hundreds of miles away was huge, and after that long in London I had close friends, musical collaborators, a husband and a child there. But in October 2016, we made an even bigger move over the ocean to the USA.
I now live in Indianapolis, Indiana with my family, including Cat Vonnegut. My husband is originally from here so I had a good tour guide when we first arrived. We are both musicians, and I work for an environmental organization.
As a parent of a Londoner who I try to pass Welsh culture down to, but is also part-Italian and part-Romany and now considers himself an American, I’m interested in cultural identity: how much is inherited from our family, and how much is purely about the geography of where we are raised.