I grew up in three cultures: I was born in Paris, my parents were from China and I was brought up mostly in America. When I was young, this was very confusing: everyone said that their culture was best, but I knew they couldn't all be right. I felt that there was an expectation that I would choose to be Chinese or French or American. For many years I bounced among the three, trying on each but never being wholly comfortable. I hoped I wouldn't have to choose, but I didn't know what that meant and how exactly to "not choose."
... I realized that I didn't need to choose one culture to the exclusion of another, but instead I could choose from all three. The values I selected would become part of who I was, but no one culture needed to win. I could honor the cultural depth and longevity of my Chinese heritage, while feeling just as passionate about the deep artistic traditions of the French and the American commitment to opportunity and the future.
ヨーヨー・マは自分の経験をふまえ、自分探し（the process of incorporating what we learn with who we are and who we seek to become）はすべてのひとが経験しなければならない”禊ぎ”だと言います。自分探しというプロセスの結果は予想不可能（unpredictable）ですが、重要なことは逆説的ですが、自分自身で探し出せるようなものではなく、家族、友人、知人、や文化／国家といった周りの環境すべてによって形づくられるものなのです（Shaped by our families, neighborhoods, cultures and countries）。
This I believeは英語の勉強にもなります。ヨーヨー・マが自分で読みあけるエッセイはこちら
This I believeと直接関係はありませんが、ヨーヨー・マの演奏するBach´s Cello Suite No. 1を貼付けておきます。