After spending an extended amount of time away from familiar environments one notices things that were once invisible or too low on the radar to cause or influence a major shift in lifestyle. The same happens when someone lives long-term abroad. They notice or see things about not only their host nation, but also their home nation as well.
All nations in the world share common drawbacks such as pollution crime economic difficulties and other related issues however each nation has unique habits that may not be applicable in another location. However, there are some things that are unique to one culture that would be totally unacceptable in another.
Most responsible and culturally aware expats, immigrants or migrants make an effort to develop awareness of the cultural sensitivities of the people of their host country. However, there are times when the people of a host country overlook or may not be sensitive to the cultural disturbances they cause to people who aren't native to their nation.
Japanese variety shows have a recorded past of having their entertainers perform in blackface. Foreign nationals in Japan have raised their concerns about this in the Japanese media over the years and it appears that their voices are being flat out ignored.
What do you think is the best way to handle situations when a host country displays a lack of sensitivity to the cultures of their overseas guests or residents?
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.
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