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What Is It to Be an Alien? Expats Discuss

•, Ben Bartee

I appreciated his quoting this following passage from the book about what it means, psychologically and spiritually, if you're into such things, to be a foreigner:

"What it is exactly about living in a foreign country, of an alien race that speaks a foreign language, that appeals to the disaffected Westerner. Of course, there are many peripheral benefits, as well as drawbacks, but what is the core enticement that makes the experience so inviting? Certainly, materially, life is generally more comfortable in America than in Taiwan. And more convenient. And often, less lonely -- at least in the traditional sense of the word.