Sunday, December 9, 2007

Home or Abroad?

When does living abroad actually become “home” for the expatriate and his or her birth nation subsequently become “abroad”?

I recently spoke to a colleague that has been living “abroad”—or “overseas”—for more than twenty-two years now. He no longer carries a U.S. passport, although he was born and raised in America. When conversing with him the other day, he mentioned something about “life abroad.” I asked him what he meant. He explained: anything outside America…even though he hasn’t seen the Stars & Stripes in almost a decade.

So, I ask again: When does “abroad” actually become “home” to the expatriate and his or her birth nation finally become “abroad” or “overseas"?

Doesn’t it seem quit asinine to claim as your “home” a locale you neither visit nor long to visit just because you were hatched in such a place?

It does to me—even if it is a friend making such a claim.

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Dec. 11th: Guest Post; Author Talk
Dec. 12th: Interview; Book Marketing Buzz
Dec. 13th: Interview; Publishing Secrets
Dec. 14th: Interview; Snow's Place

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