According to a humor website called cracked.com, there are major side effects that “everyone”will go through when moving to a new country.
You will hate everything and everyone there at first
You’ll miss stuff you never even cared about
You will get super patriotic
Every other immigrant you meet feels like a soulmate
All these things will happen in reverse if you move home
But let’s look at these statements more closely and see how true they really are.First, “You will hate everything and everyone there at first”. This statement is false.Each individual will most likely experience something completely different from another basedon the culture they are in, how they are exposed to that culture, and their mindsetgoing into that culture.
In Japan, the idea of children living overseas is not universally accepted. Thesechildren are called kikokushijo meaning “returnee children”.Leaving their passport country willhelp them to broaden their views on the world, on business, on culture. For thesechildren, hating everything and everyone will probably not happen until they returnhome and are looked at differently, like they don’t belong. This is a bigger issue to belooked at than hating the location someone is moving to.
The article also talks about missing stuff you never even cared about. Thisproves as true as the quote, “you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone”.Leaving any place that you have made into your home can be hard and people willhold on to whatever they can, whether it’s right away or later down the road.
With getting “super patriotic”, this can be true for a military brat, which isdefined as the child of a parent serving full-time in the military. Mary EdwardsWertsch, expert on the subculture of American military brats, says,“…military brats have such values as idealism, antiracism, loyalty, patriotism andhonesty.” Even though they could be stationed in a different part of the world thantheir passport country, most military brats are immersed in the military culturerather than the country’s culture they may be living in. This can create a possiblefeeling of patriotism as the third statement suggests.
“Every immigrant you meet feels like a soulmate” could hold true if the word‘immigrant’ was better defined. A person coming from England will connect easierwith another person coming from England, true. However, a person coming fromPeru will not see the person coming from England as a soulmate per say unless theyhave similar experiences within their travels. Each individual will connect withthose who have these similar experiences.
Maybe these events will happen in the order they are listed above. Thenagain, maybe they will happen in reverse, in a different order, or not at all. Again,each individual’s experiences will be different based on the culture they move into,how well they get to know that culture around them, and what their mindset may bethroughout their adventure.