“220 million people live in a country that is not their own. Younger generations often find themselves influenced by overlapping waves of cultures — they have connections to the cultures of their parents (which are often different) and the cultures of their spouse. At the same time, they have their own connections to where they’ve lived and they’re also influenced by the places that they’ve loved in their travels — the locales that have shaken them out of their assumptions of how things are done and shown them the “secrets patterns of the world.”
These overlapping cultural influences, of course, greatly change the meaning of the word “home” and “community.” These things are no longer assigned, as they were for past generations, but are in many ways self-woven.
- Pico Iyer