My new family
Even though the pictures are not necessarily up to date, this here is my new family. Left to right and front to back we have Johnny, To and Linh Chi, Lu, Hoang, Vu, Ut and Vinh. I am already looking forward to writing letters to them and to cathcing up the next time we come visit.
They seem to have passed on to Vinh the legacy of emigrating, but I think that's just a relative concept that only applies in particular cases.
I honestly believe in the idea of being a "citizen of the world", and to me, as long as you feel a part of where you live, you're not an emigrant.
Have I felt like an emigrant myself in the EE.UU? I would say yes, as unfair it might sound, because there are so many things I can't identify with, mostly its people (the majority of whom I've gotten to know). But at the same time I know for a fact I could still live here (humankind can endure that and much more), though I wouldn't wish to. I even feel ownership over this place to a certain extent, because through my experience I have made it mine in some bizarre ways. And that's something good. Even more so because despite of feeling this ownership at least I have not grown profoundly attached to it and I can easily let go.
Anyway, I am so glad things and inmigration and emigration turned out to be the way they did... thanks to it there's the most interest combination of people in all corners of the world. Without going any further, we're about to make the Vietnamese-American population in Madrid one person higher. And not caring about statistics, what is for sure is that this metling pot the world is becoming, has made my life way richer than it was, it has widen my horizons and it has made me the luckiest person in the world for having Vinh.