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post #21 of 26
Just wanted to send you soome:

I'm going back to visit my folks for 6 weeks starting in mid July, and I understand what you're going through. (To a degree, since it's only 6 weeks rather than a few years.)

Good Luck with everything!
post #22 of 26
I lived for two years in Israel and thoroughly enjoyed it. But I kissed the ground when I walked off that plane in NYC.

I lived for a year in Russia and thoroughly enjoyed it. But I kissed the ground when I walked off that plane in NYC.

And I lived for for 6 mos in the UK and thoroughly enjoyed it. But I kissed the ground when I walked off that plane in NYC.

There is NO place like the US of A. In My Opinion.

(edit) I'll add that I am from a completely multicultural family - my Mom is Russian, my Dad Latvian; My bro is American, my SIL is Turkish; I am American, my ex is a Brit.
post #23 of 26
I hope it's all going Ok. I have to admit I'm a bit jealous! I've lived in Europe for almost 13 years and it would be hard to leave but there are things I would love (and not love) about living in the U.S., just like there are good and bad things here and I'd be closer to my family. I'd have to be somewhere walkable though. I couldn't stand not being able to just walk to the store, playground, post office, etc.

eta: we won't be moving there anytime soon, though.
post #24 of 26
Wow I just noticed this board.

I had reverse culture shock after living in England for 4 years and then moving back to the deep south. I absolutely freakin HATE HATE it here. I miss England so much. I only like the fact that 1. i can drive here. 2. the sun. and 3. cheaper houses. other than that. YUCK. I loathe walmart, I miss tescos so so so much. even asda was better than walmart, but asda is walmart..LOL
I really get homesick for england alllllllllllll the time.
post #25 of 26
Turkish Kate,

Although I've never lived outside the US, I can really relate based on my visits to my husband's country. Job opportunities and quality-of-life considerations keep us firmly grounded in the US for now.

There is so much to love about the US, but I think the extreme focus on convenience and independence and commercialism is a big turn off. So many people in the US are cut off from their families and from any genuine sense of community. I didn't fully see that until I had the opportunity to see how people in some other cultures live. It makes me sad to know that my child will be born into this culture of aloneness.

For me, it's interesting to see how my relationship with my home culture has adapted to being married to someone from another culture. I feel like his culture is a part of me, but this isn't something that is visible from the outside. When I'm in the US, there's no accent or any other thing to identify me as something other than Anglo-American, and sometimes I feel that, as a result, I'm not really <i>known</i>, even by people I interact with regularly. It's confusing. When I'm in my husband's country, my bi-cultural-ness is obvious because I am obviously an outsider who participates in their culture. So there's less stress in that sense.

I hope you're starting to get comfortable and to find community and cultural links to keep you sane during your time in the US.
: Wishing the best for you!
post #26 of 26
Kate, how's it going?
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