Throughout human history, people have tended to live and die in the place they're born. Place is an important part of identity.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Bharati Mukherjee last month. Bharati was an American writer and professor of English who was born in Calcutta, India. She was interested in questions about identity, alienation, and multiculturalism, particularly as it pertained to the immigrant experience. She joined John and Ken on the show in 2012 to talk about "Identities Lost and Found in a Global Age," which you can listen to below. As an immigrant myself, I found that discussion especially relevant and interesting.
Here's my intro to that show. You can also read The New York Times' obituary here, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross just rebroadcast an interview with her that originally aired in 2002, which you can listen to here.