Ping-Ko Chiu

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6 January 2020

Foreigner

by Ping-Ko Chiu

I just returned to the US from Thailand. I say return and yet i feel somewhat foreign to this land. I just spent a month and change in Thailand, eating Thai food, meeting its people and speaking its language. Suddenly Im back here and there is not a trace of the life that I got so used to. There is a sudden sense of loneliness to have to drop all that I associate myself with and establish new ones.

A month ago, I had the same feeling but on the other end of the spectrum — as if I was a foreigner in a country where I spent my childhood.

Having lived in many places, I feel as if I have multiple identities and this is what I have to deal with when switching between them.

tags: Life - Travel