Places Lived: Jalandhar, Gurdaspur, Bangalore, Ghaziabad, Vijayawada, Mumbai, Patna, & New Delhi in India; London, United Kingdom; Atlanta, United States. "Even though I had a good job in middle management for a fortune 500 company, I decided to quit and pursue higher education at Emory. Culturally in India, this was a huge risk. It meant leaving the security of a paycheck and a promising career where I was seen as a role model to my siblings, cousins, neighbors, and others. It meant living away from my family for almost 2 years. It meant creating a lot of pressure for myself to succeed and find a job when studies are over. But I did it to be happy. Too often we define ourselves by our paychecks and job titles and we stop living. But I'm grateful that during the last two years, I have had time to find out who I am.”
So here's one for you - Am I (Amalia) an expatriate or not? I was born and raised in the US, grew up there, and about 2 years ago moved to Spain. But I also have a Spanish passport and Spanish Nationality because my grandfather was from Spain. And I still have my US Nationality; I technically have dual nationality... I consider myself to be Spanish, but also an expatriate because it's not my original country of birth.
Hmmm...I'm pondering this and curious what you think too, because today we learned an Expat community wouldn't accept our blog on their 'expatriate' blog directory. They say I'm not an expatriate. That's cool if that's their 'rules' - we get it - but I'm wondering more about the definition of 'expatriate' and how its interpretation determines what kind of community is created in its name.
I'm not much for labels or identifying myself according to a country. I come from such a diverse ethnic background and have experienced many different cultures so I don't feel like I come from just one place. The older I get, the more I feel it's enough to say I'm human and from Earth. And some days, I don't even feel like that!
What do you think? Can you relate? Or have you lived in a country long enough to get nationality and are you no longer an expatriate? Would love to hear you chime in!
A night full of heartfelt stories - Stories of strength, love and fortitude as a mother.
This is what we've discovered last night "No matter where you come from, reflecting on motherhood, children come with no manual. It's up to us to make our own, so make it a good one cos it's a once in a lifetime experience and challenges that you are blessed and given" a mother of 3 with fortitude, Veronica, El Salvador.
A big hug to our panelists Jodie (far left) , Vernorica (middle) and Helen (2nd right) for sharing your most inspiring stories about how cultures shape your motherhood journey. Thank you!
Their stories and videos will be up on our website shortly. Stay tuned!
Don't forget we have another event coming up on 9 March on Cultural Perceptions on Ageing ! Join us @beyond.story
#swahili she says it's swahili lol I have no idea.... #differentcultures#masidiomas#culturaldiversity
My kid culturally is black white african mexican Filipina and I'm sure her cultural palette will only grow the older she gets ! 😀😀 let's make our children culturally ambiguous! Little melting pots.
Racism usually comes from ignorance and fear...let's not let our children be afraid !
So in love with all the Huichol bead work I saw in México 💛💙💜💚❤️ The people and their art date back centuries. They lived (and still do) in mostly mountainous areas and because of their isolation they managed to survive with their culture intact as colonialism swept the country. The religious faith of the Huichols is based on the trinity of the deer, corn & peyote. Which you will see throughout their art. 🦌🌽🌵buying art is a really fun way to help support these beautiful cultures. Just saying ;)
"A pine tree standeth lonely In the North on an upland bare; It standeth whitely shrouded With snow, and sleepeth there. It dreameth of a #Palmtree Which far in the East alone, In the mournful silence standeth On its ridge of burning stone." Heinrich Heine
At Idioma, we believe in the importance of protecting the earth, its inhabitants, and its cultural heritage from extinction. We're celebrating International Mother Language Day by renewing our efforts to promote cultural and linguistic diversity. Join us!