24 Problems Every Immigrant Will Understand
"But you don't look/sound/act like [enter nationality here]!"
The “Where are you from?” question is a complicated one.
And all the inevitable "Which country do you like better?" shenanigans make you so nervous.
A lot of your stories start with “When I lived in…”
Communication turns out to be super hard sometimes.
Especially that your English is most likely a weird mix of clumsy phrases from textbooks and slang words you learned from movies and TV shows.
Some pop culture references go completely over your head.
And as a result, you find yourself confused more than other people.
And you find yourself craving food that is not available or very hard to get.
Lunch often proved to be an embarrassing time for you at school.
And even now, people still question your food choices from time to time.
Making new friends is a skill you’ve mastered by now.
And you get super excited when you meet someone else who knows the multicultural lifestyle.
But unfortunately, mixing your friend groups is awfully painful.
You have close family members and friends whom you only see once in a while.
And you had no choice but to master all the social media available to keep in touch with them.
You spend a lot of money to travel back and forth to the motherland.
You developed very strong opinions on best and worst airlines and airports.
You’re never really sure what to label yourself as.
You often wish there was a magical land that combined all the good things and traditions you experienced during your travels.
But at the end of the day, you’re very proud to be who you are.
Because no one else can have so many wonderful memories and experiences as you do!
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