I have friends who have mentioned that they were born in the wrong time because they identify more with values, ways of dressing, customs, etc. of a different time period than the one they’re currently living in. Does the same work for cultures, languages, countries? There are words for people who are especially fond of other cultures like francophile, russophile, anglophile, etc. So what does it mean if you are one of these people?
There are expats who have moved to another country and found that they feel more at home here than in their native land. Does this mean that our culture isn’t nurture but rather nature? What are the implications of such a feeling? Although one may feel that this new culture is their true home, are others from the new culture as accepting?
It seems that so many intercultural scholars spend a lot of time talking about our culture but don’t speak about people that don’t fit into their native culture. Of course many scholars recognize that broad generalizations are just that and don’t apply to everyone. But has this sub-culture ever been studied? I personally find it very fascinating how people change and surf between cultures. It just goes to show how our culture isn’t static. And, although we may know the rules of our own culture, it doesn’t mean we agree with them or feel that they apply to us.
Who feels that they were born into the wrong culture? What have the implications, if any, of this been? What values does your native culture have that you don’t share? Which language(s) do you feel are closer to the real you?