I found this wonderful Ted video through Ken's site, ExpatAmericans.net.
I used to hate the question, "Where are you from?" because there was no short simple answer. Like Pico Iyer no one answer was satisfactory. There was the place I was born (Seattle, USA), the places I sojourned (Tokyo, Japan), the places I worked (USA, China, Korea, Germany, Canada, UK), the places I pay taxes (France and the US), and finally the place I have lived in for nearly 20 years (France).
The problem wasn't the question - the problem was me. I couldn't decide what I was and what place I could legitimately claim as "home." I was born in Seattle but hadn't lived there for 20 years. Did that mean I was no longer a Seattleite? But Seattle is where I vote and have family (and let's not forget that I pay taxes to the US).
For most of those 20 years I've lived in France but I'm not a citizen and I wasn't born in the Hexagon. So could I claim France as "home"? I own a house in Versailles, I have family in at least three French regions, I worked for mostly French companies, I pay French taxes, I go to a French church and I spend most of my days speaking French. About the only thing I can't do there is vote.
My error was in thinking that "home" can only be one place or that there can only be one definitive answer to the question, "Where are you from?" On the contrary, it is entirely legitimate to answer "France and the United States."
Because I am "home" in Seattle and I am "home" in Versailles and the two are not (and never will be) mutually exclusive.
Enjoy the video.