Alex Ashman

Alex Ashman was born in Canada to a Burmese mother and an Indian father. He completed his graduate studies at Canada’s preeminent media school, Ryerson University. The Boy With An Accent is his debut novel.

Where are you from?

I was born in Canada to a Burmese mother and an Indian father who decided to take me to Karachi to give me a taste of culture, adventure, and something else that I don’t remember now (maybe I’ll call mom later and ask her.)

With mom in Edmonton, Canada.

With mom in Edmonton, Canada.

But when I returned to Canada during my teenage years, with my blue Canadian passport and the unrealistic pride of being a Canadian-born citizen, I was labelled as the boy with an accent.

Since then I’ve struggled with the question, “where are you from?”

I’ve lived in five countries, including the United States, China, and South Korea. I’ve traveled to over 40 countries, and I speak multiple languages, but if you ask me where I’m from, I won’t be able to tell you because I’m still searching for home.

Currently I live in Shenzhen, where I teach project-based learning to grade 1 students at Whittle School & Studios, the first global school.