'the Other' Or 'the One With Perspective'

I was born in the U.S., moved to a developing country when I was 1 and lived there for 10 years (no connection to it otherwise), moved to my mother's home country and then back to the U.S.

I speak English and my mother's native language but that is getting harder and harder.  I only lived there for a year and only went back in the summers and less and less frequently.  I can't speak my father's native language because he never taught me.  I haven't been to my father's home country since I was born.

My parents raised me with ideologies and values not at all in line with the South in the U.S. where I grew up yet I have come to embrace and recognize some American values as naturally my own....values that my parents cannot completely understand. 

My friends in my mother's home country, esp with my diminishing language skills, never refer to me as having the same nationality but call me American.  My friends in the US jokingly call me the foreigner.

Part of me feels lucky to have been raised with so many perspectives and I guess I would rather have the option to look at different cultures and societies and say 'yeah, that is fantastic' and 'no, I've seen a system that does that better.' 
av789 av789
26-30, F
Feb 7, 2007