Many of my migrant friends feel uncertain about where they belong. Going 'home', whether to Europe, Asia or Africa, doesn't feel quite the same. Family, friends, familiar places and memories are there, but going back is never the same. Things look, feel and sound different somehow. So they come 'home' to this adopted country, with their roots still newly finding a place in the landscape.
Several years ago, I watched as young Korean New Zealanders described, through art, what Korea meant to them. For some it was culture and traditions, for others, it was a flag and an aeroplane.
For each of us, belonging takes a different form. It might be a place or a time of the year. It might be people or certain things. It might be a sound or even a fragrance that triggers a sense of home. Whatever it is, you know when it is missing.
- Where is home for you?
- How do you know when you are home?
- What does it take to be truly at home in a new place?
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