(Fwd) re-ethnicized

Kathi Kitner-Salazar (KITNER@LAW.UFL.EDU)
Wed, 14 Dec 1994 12:16:52 EST

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To: anthro-l@uvbm.cc.buffalo.edu
Subject: re-ethnicized
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 1994 12:14:26


I returned to the states from Isla Margarita, Venezuela in august of
this year, and i'm still unsure
of my actions sometimes. things seem less strange than they did at
first, but i'm trying hard to keep that "perspective from abroad" as
my never-to-the-states-before fiance is arriving - hopefully! INS,
are you listening? - soon. however, an awful lot of people in this
country keep asking me where I'm from, as if i wasn't born and raised
in Akron, Ohio. Then again, people abroad never guessed I was from
Ohio, either.

But, I tend to slip into one culture and out of another with some
ease - is that why i like being a cultural anthro? Still, i always
experience that ol' liminal period for some time after switching
cultures (not so much with subcultures). That feeling that you're
neither here nor there culturally, but in some behavioral netherworld?

anyway, my daughter doesn't much like bread but can scarf an arepa
with great ease - don't know what i'll do when the harina runs out.

Question: who has anecdotes, info, etc. on 1) getting a foreign born
fiance/e here, and/or the cultural adaptation they must go through
upon arriving here in the states...?