I found this quote while visiting the World Missions 101 Site last night. It SO resonates with how I feel . . . I've explained it before as being a milkshake.
“We can get out and learn to live in the new culture, and, in time, we will feel as at home in it as our own, possibly even more so. Something happens to us when we adapt to a new culture, we become bicultural people. . . .
In one sense, bicultural people never fully adjust to one culture, their own or their adopted one. Within themselvesthey are part of both.When Americans are abroad, they dream of America, and need little rituals that reaffirm this part of themselves—a food package from home, a letter, an American visitor from whom they can learn the latest news from `home’. When in America, they dream of their adopted country, and need little rituals that reaffirm this part of themselves—a visitor from that country, a meal with its food.Bicultural people seem happiest when they are flying from one of these countries to the other.
(“Crucial Dimensions in World Evangelization”, Paul Hiebert, 1976, 4th printing, William Carey Library, Pasadenia California pg 51,52)
SO true!!! So . . . very, very TRUE!!! :)
Any of you other "bicultural" or milkshake people out there totally identify with this passage??