Sort of. You always go through a period of sock. I moved to Europe some years ago and came back after a year and a half. You have different friends, different activities, a different culture to adapt to, etc…. It’s easy to get lost in the process. But overall, I’d say I’ve built a stronger identity through it all.
Actually, I think the opposite is true. When you move to another country, you’re surrounded by people, places, and customs that are foreign to you. You have to learn to get along in a totally new environment, and that can teach you a great deal about yourself that you didn’t know before. The more you learn about yourself and who you really are, the more you ":own": your identity, so moving to another country would actually give you greater access to your identity than you had before.
I did move from another country, at the age of 12. I wanted to fit in the culture I had been placed in. That is the best way to get along with people around you. Although we are identified by those we make friends with..to a point…I did not loose my identity…I simply added to it. This happened naturally.
A lot depends on the country you’re moving to and under what conditions.
Are you asking from a philosophical point of view? If so, its quite possible. While you are waiting for your new identity papers, you can experience a loss of identity. Then there is the possibility that no one in the new country knows you, so, for a while, you’re quite ‘nameless’ with no one recognising you.
Very interesting question!
I guess one imbibes the surrounding subtely but surely. Culture, language, traditions, mannerisms, relations and above all using them are all a function of the society around us.
If one moves to another country then one thing that the person will miss is the immediate inability to network and this will reflect in the hardships that person will face in doing even the simplwst of things. It will be a slap on the persons face and realization as well that nepotism is the order of the day!
No. I may be a citizen and resident of the United States, but I still remain a Briton at heart.
I spell colour with a ":u": and defence with a ":c,": I drink british beers when available, and I cheer for Liverpool or Manchester football. I listen to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, etc.
That depends entirely on you. I left Uk at a very young age for a far more conservative India. I did have to change my identity to mingle comfortably. But the comprmises came to a point where I didnt respect myself anymore in some areas. And I pulled back.
Think of it more as integrating yourself. Realise as a foreigner you have just as much to offer to others as you have to learn. Decide on your boundaries and integrate as necessary.
By the way for the Asian who wants plastic surgery out there. Dude – it’s all in the head. Go to pickup101.com and check out how wild Asians are once they get beyond their limiting beliefs.
I’ve been an expat for 20 years. I have an appreciation of all the good things about my home country, but I also have a clearer perception about the bad things: likewise with all the countries I’ve lived in.
I would probably find my identity.
I’m Asian, but I hate being Asian. No, seriously.
I wish I could get just enough plastic surgery to where I don’t look so Asian. I don’t have to be born again as someone of a different race, but I would like to look different.
How would you lose your identity? Where would it go? If you go to Belgium will start eating waffles and speak Flemish automatically? And if you did, does that mean Belgians have no identity? hippie.