For many expats in Taiwan, they come into their own after confronting and engaging this very different culture. But for most of us, we are still outsiders looking in. I mean, for most of us, whether we’re married or otherwise engaged, Taiwan is just not our home. We didn’t grow up in this culture.
Yes, we feel at home here and we like Taiwan, in varying degrees on a scale of 1 to 10. But feeling at home is not the same as being home, “being in that one place where with absolute certainty you know you belong, no questions asked,” as my sweet gf remarked the other day in regard to my own ambivalence here.
Life in a different culture often becomes an opportunity for self-invention, it’s true. Have you self-invented yourself or re-invented yourself here, and how does it feel?
How do you feel about this issue, as an expat? Do you just feel at home here …or do you feel you are really home? Or maybe neither…?