What good is traveling, much less moving abroad, if you’re not going to set yourself aside and soak in all that is unique about a culture?
I keep referring back to my “American-ness,” because it’s a troubling identity. I feel like I was raised to be self-involved and to idealize my “American-ness.”
It’s so wonderful to shake that off, and let it go. There are so many more interesting things happening outside of the things we know.
This image is from a lion dance festival in Sabah, Eastern Malaysia during Chinese New Year. Malaysians are some of the best lion dancers in the world.