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  •  No. I had an opportunity to work/live in Japan (0+ / 0-)

    from 1992-1994; having been born-raised in a rural, conservative part of the country, it was eye-opening. The English-language newspapers reported the news in a non-US-centric way. My eyes were opened to the fact that the US was not the only thing going on in the world.

    Only gone two years, and yet my return to the US was one of massive culture shock - once again, I was in the America-is-exceptional-and-the-only-thing-that-matters-in-the-world bubble. The news of the rest of the world? Pffft.

    Thirteen years later, I fell in love with a same-sex foreign national. Three years after that, his visa to be in the US expired, and my options were to either end my relationship with him, to attempt to maintain a relationship with an ocean between us, or... well, my sig line describes the "or", which is what I chose.

    Three years later, I'm being "allowed" to bring him back.  So we sent our paperwork off last Saturday and now, thanks to the shutdown, who knows how much longer we'll wait to return.

    I don't really even want to return, but he, having gone to university in the States, has only one goal: to become a US citizen. We've lived in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom - both of which recognize us as a family unit, both of which have universal health care.

    Proud to be an American?

    Not in a long, long time.

    Yes, I'm bitter. I have reason to be. I've been challenged here multiple times on that. My response? Live my experience and then you have a right to challenge me. Not before.

    A homo in a bi-national relationship - at 49, I had to give up my career, leave behind my dying father, my family & friends and move to Europe. And I'm one of the *lucky* ones: Immigration Equality

    by aggieric on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 01:51:26 PM PDT

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