The word ‘Foreigner’ reminds of the the band of the same name and since I’ve never lived in a country apart from this Tiny Island I didn’t realize how bad the word made people feel. Please tell me how you feel about this words and what you would prefer to be called.
Blogger at ‘Yago’ actually prefers the term ‘angmoh’ which I always felt to be derogatory. The post is a real eye-opener and I just felt compelled to reblog it. My french relative also prefers to be called angmoh rather than expat….maybe she finds it more inclusive. Even her husband calls her that affectionately and teasingly, which I used to chide him for. Another Asian friend refers to her hubby as white. Is that the correct term?
If I were to live in your country, what would I be referred to as?
This post makes me think about something else. As a child of about 4, I always wondered why I needed a passport to travel across the border to Malaysia. That was my first experience with geographical boundaries and my hazy realization that the world did not belong to us all. I always felt that the world should belong to all humans and be without borders. That way there would be more equitable distribution of land, but I guess that is complicated in a world full of politicians and power hungry people, starting with royalty in the olden days, who loved building empires and seeing their individual power grow.