1) Ask students:
Raise hands if any of you have grandparents who were born outside of.... Were you?
Does anyone speak more than one language at home? (what?)
2) Show artists portrait and read her comment:
Explain: Identity can mean all of the things that go into making a person - the country they are from, their race, their culture, the languages that they speak, the things they like to do, their job, and so on.
3) Discuss image:
How does Theoung Mim represent her multiple identities in this image?
What do you notice about the face she paints?
Which part of the portrait do you think represents Mims parents expectations? Which part represents her?
Do any of you ever feel like you have two identities? Why?
4) Follow up activity: Think about how you might represent yourself in a self-portrait like Theoung Mim. You might include something related to something about yourself that others may not know.
5) Hand out a rough outline of a face and ask students to create a self-portrait. You might encourage students to fold the paper into four (like Mims self-portrait) to represent four aspects of themselves.