I haven't written much about my "return" to the US in 2011--I'm not even sure I
am comfortable calling it a "return" because that implies sort of a
sameness about me and about the US that isn't the case. I enjoyed
reading Mark Wilbur's post on "Returning to America," though, because I
had some of the same feelings as he did after he came back to the US
after years of living abroad (particularly the feeling of going back in
time whenever I'm at the commuter rail or subway stations!).
One difference between living in Taiwan and living here is that I no longer see this on my Starbucks cups:
It's not clear, but it says 老外.
So I guess I'm saying I'm not seen as a 老外 anymore--at least not here. (And of course I'm a fan of cheesy bilingual puns, too.)