How many apply: (1) yr parents born in different countries, (2) you lived at least 1 yr outside yr native country before age 16, (3) at least 3 yrs outside country before 16, (4) lived in at least 6 locations before 16, (5) don’t have a "home tow
- None of those applies to me
- One applies
- Two apply
- Three apply
- Four apply
- Five apply
I wonder if most forumosans, who are likely to be living outside their native country presently or in the past, are different from other people “back home.” Do we generally come from more migratory backgrounds, with parents who moved around a lot when we were kids, so we’ve got less of an attachment to one place and are just as comfortable living in foreign lands as back home.
That’s not necessarily the case. It’s perfectly possible some of us lived for generations in the same spot and we never ventured out of the county, much less country, until we became interested in Asia/Chinese/Taiwan as adults. But I suspect that’s not the case for most of us. Just curious.
As for me, I never lived in any foreign countries as a child, but my father was an immigrant, coming to the US at age 7, my family lived in lots of different locations on both coasts of the US, and I have no place I can call my “home town.” I believe my dad’s immigrant status is relevant. I believe because of that, he had no “home town” and was comfortable moving from one location to the next, and I believe I learned the lifestyle from him.
Sometimes it seems it might be nice to have lived in the same town for generations, to get together from time to time with good friends you have known since kindergarten, to live close by your parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. But, that was not my fate and I have no regrets. How about you?