Has living overseas affected your views on race or culture?
- Yes, I appreciate other races / cultures more
- Yes, I now identify more with my own race / culture
- Yes, I now dislike certain other races / cultures
- Yes, I have more of a desire to protect my own race / culture
- Yes, I now wish to see all races / cultures blend into one
- No, I have always been a racial / cultural liberal
- No, I have always been a racial / cultural conservative
- I am of mixed race / culture so this is difficult to answer
- Feelings mixed and confused
- I married one of “them”
- More than one of these / other (please explain)
It occurs to be that the experience of living in a different culture makes some people appreciative of human diversity, while others may come to identify more with their own race or culture than before. Possibly both could be true at once. Alternately, for those who grew up in already multicultural environments (or who chose overseas countries with races or cultures similar to their own), living overseas may not have been much of a change.
So, which you you?
In my case, I was once an apologist for human diversity, and a member of a small religious group which celebrated the unity of humanity across all borders of race and culture. Later, however, I came to understand that we cannot all live together and be happy, even in principle–because the races really are different, and culture is a consequence of that.
I hasten to add that these differences are not necessarily good or bad, any more than we can say that beagles are better or worse than dachshunds. But we can’t just wish them away, even if we wanted to–which I don’t, of course. I have come to identify with my own race and culture more, though I will probably miss many aspects of life here when I leave one day.