Category Archives: Identity

Repatriation

I have two articles over at Sassy Mama Singapore, most likely my last two which saddens me. Another link to Singapore severed. The first is a roundtable discussion with three other moms about repatriation and whether we’d go abroad again. … Continue reading

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Six Years (and a few months)

We moved to Singapore in April 2010. Today I revamped the website in part because my long list of expat blogs is a list of dead blogs. Last month, one of my dearest friends left Singapore. I still pick up … Continue reading

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Her mother tongue isn’t Tamil

***A quick note of explanation before I get into the post.  English is the language of instruction in Singapore.  However, all students must take a second language–called a Mother Tongue  (henceforce I’ll refer to it as MT) language.*** I recently … Continue reading

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“Am I Black or White?”

August 19th–I was sitting at my laptop when Elanor came over, dressed in her gymnastics uniform.  I glanced up, half hoping I could finish my tweet or my facebook comment–or whatever it was I was doing–before she was ready to … Continue reading

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Elanor’s identity

Two years ago, Elanor often identified purely as Singaporean or Indian, so we began to explain that she is American.  Not in a “here is our flag, learn the pledge, sing patriotic songs, learn the composition of congress” way, but … Continue reading

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I hate goodbye

I hate that this time next week my friend Emily will no longer live in Singapore.  I’m happy that her family is moving on of their own choice.  I’m happy that it is the right decision for their family.  I … Continue reading

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Four

Four things in my house that are very American American breakfast cereal Giant framed poster of Boston, including Fenway Park (where the Red Sox play baseball) Bureau or giant US King Bed (because our armoire is overfull) My 2 year … Continue reading

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