As an American expat living abroad, I’m seeing things in my home nation that can not be ignored or simply swept under a rug and this disturbs me. It’s true that, because of my long stay overseas, I probably have become desensitized to many of the local issues my family and friends are going through back home. This may simply be one of the reasons why they feel that I am unable to comprehend the tensions they have to live with daily.
In this episode, we talk when an expat returns to their home nation for short visits; like for a vacation or for attending a family event like a wedding or funeral. Returning home for most expats is usually for reconnecting with parts of their past. However, returning home for a lot of expats is often met with detachments and occasional misunderstandings.
I would like to directly ask many fellow expats living and working in their adopted nation. Do you feel it’s your responsibility or right to get involved in the local politics or civil matters of your host nation? Let’s be clear that I’m pointing this question primarily to expats that don’t have citizenship in their host nation in ANY form.
What are some of the benefits of helping a child develop bilingual language skills? What in the world is a bilingual anyway? Research has shown that children who are raised in a bilingual environment develop a communication advance far beyond monolinguals children. Bilingual children learn the cross-culture meaning and usages of words based on the cultural roots of a language... and there's more...
Global events displayed daily on our televisions, read in newspapers and on-line causes us to develop a pessimistic view of the world. The large numbers of innocent people suffering and dying for causes they may not even care about or understand casts a negative view of the world that is being passed on to our children and future generations. This, in turn, is causing them to become suspicious, lose faith, feel insecure and, in the end, hopeless about their future.
It is no secret that the way we see the world can be influenced by our environment and experiences. "Expat Vision" is a term that tries to explain how those willing to live long-term abroad have developed a way of thinking beyond boundaries and finding commonalities in life in their adopted environment.