Umbrella Revolution Wall 2014

Umbrella Revolution Wall 2014
Admiralty, Umbrella Revolution 2014

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Diaspora

Two current interests of mine. This has to do with my research as well as how I have continued to reframe my own existence as an expatriate.

First of all, a word about diaspora...

Apparently you belong to a diaspora when you still seek an acceptance or a place in your previous homeland or society. You feel that the current residence is not quite where you belong--you attribute your diasporic origins to another place.

The deal is that if you are of Asian origin, there exists an assumption that of course, you are of an Asian diaspora. That makes sense, after all--you could be Japanese in Brazil, but you would look to Japan for an acceptance that you cannot have in Brazil.

To a degree, I engaged with such feelings of diaspora when living in the United States--Korea being the site of my ethnic origin, though many in my extended family on the Mainland wouldn't go so far back and cite Hawaii as the point of origin for such ideas of belonging and place.

Here in HK however, I realize the true nature of my expatriate status. I am part of the American diaspora, much more so I feel than the Korean diaspora. Due to my ethnic origin people would assume a greater feeling of sentiment when it comes to Korea, and would never attach me to an American diaspora, but I feel no such longing, (food aside).  Korea is a great place to visit and will always be a spot I will return to on some level at some point simply due to family ties--distant or not. I maintain an intellectual curiosity about the place simply due to my own background. But I do not seek it as a place for completion at this point in my life and not sure if I will ever do so again.