As I’ve been concentrating on the historical time travel novel a few things have jumped to mind to distract me. I figured if I write them down, dealing with them, these thoughts might subside and go away, letting me concentrate on my novel.
I spent six years of my formative year growing up in Italy. Many of the ideals and cultural behaviors of the time have stayed with me and have influenced the way I’ve gone about my life.
As I was growing up in the States, the idea of dating always bothered me. I never dated and it wasn’t until college that I actually became interested in relationships with guys, but dating was out of the question because that is what I was exposed to during my formative years.
Married to a Lebanese I’ve noticed the same within the Lebanese community in Dearborn, Michigan. All those that came from Lebanon kept their antiquated culture that is all behaviors and beliefs of when they were still in Lebanon. Years have gone by, they have teenage children and still bask in the cultural habits of the past.
When I visited Lebanon, I experienced a very different culture, a more modern culture…
Is this an affliction of all immigrants as they try to keep their culture alive? In doing so, the culture they remember doesn’t move forward with the time and in many instances creates a gap between them and their children who are growing up in a more liberal American culture.
Immigrants are like a dying language, latin for example, it doesn’t change and grow with the times. English, a live language, changes and acquires idioms and slang of the modern generation. Words change in meaning like gay, once meaning happy now meaning homosexual. Will immigrants forever stagnate in their culture of the past?