Neither Here Nor There: Perspectives on Identity by the Young Eritrean and Ethiopian Diaspora in America

February 22, 2010

I Love America When… I Love Ethiopia When…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Habesha Diaspora @ 8:22 pm
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I love America when…
1. I love America when I have to make a phone call
2. I love America when I take a hot shower
3. I love America when I wash my clothes
4. I love America when I get the scholarship with an average GPA
5. I love America when I have strange PMS cravings for exotic food I can buy at Kroger
6. I love America when I drive my car on a road with traffic laws
7. I love America when I take a taxi cab
8. I love America when it’s too hot for tea or coffee and I can just as easily get a smoothie
9. I love America when a price is a price is a price
10. I love America when I get another chance at graduate school without sacrificing my kidneys
11. I love America when I’m at a baseball game
12. I love America when I see my psychologist
13. I love America when the lights stay on every day of the week
14. I love America when I drink beer out of a bottle in public
15. I love America when I am in Little Five Points
16. I love America when I write facebook notes disparaging government decisions and avoid a prison sentence
17. I love America when I run down the street and don’t feel like my heart is going to beat out of my chest
18. I love America when I don’t have to count back six hours every time I check what time it is
19. I love America when I take my dog to the vet
20. I love America when I get medicine instead of home remedies

I love Ethiopia when…
1. I love Ethiopia when I watch the news
2. I love Ethiopia when it’s time to eat
3. I love Ethiopia when I get my hair done
4. I love Ethiopia when it’s time to enjoy customer service
5. I love Ethiopia when I don’t have to wash the dishes
6. I love Ethiopia when I take a break in the middle of the day
7. I love Ethiopia when I eat dessert
8. I love Ethiopia when I take a trip to the REAL mountains
9. I love Ethiopia as I’m no longer a minority
10. I love Ethiopia when I eat mangos
11. I love Ethiopia when football is played with your feet
12. I love Ethiopia when history books date back beyond 1492
13. I love Ethiopia when it’s time to display patriotism
14. I love Ethiopia when I celebrated my second millennium
15 .I love Ethiopia when I hear poetry
16 .I love Ethiopia when names have deep meaning…except mine.
17. I love Ethiopia when I watch bootleg movies in Spanish with inaccurate English subtitles
18. I love Ethiopia when I don’t have to explain that I’m 100% black even though my mom looks Puerto-nese (PuertoRican & Chinese)
19. I love Ethiopia when I need a new fancy dress and matching jewelry, purse and shoes
20. I love Ethiopia at tea time

When do you love America or back home?

Written by:  Buna Bean

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12 Comments »

  1. Hey Mahlet, nice one! “I love Ethiopia when I don’t have to explain that I’m 100% black even though my mom looks Puerto-nese (PuertoRican & Chinese” heeeee….the love for Ethiopia is “unconditional”, in good times, and bad times!

    Comment by Tariku — February 22, 2010 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

  2. Hey Mahe I love it…. am going to put mine on Facebook lol

    Comment by Danny Wyo — April 7, 2010 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

  3. Hey Mahe I love it…am gonna put mine on facebook

    Comment by Danny Wyo — April 7, 2010 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

  4. Beautifully written! We thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!

    Your Family at Nubian News Network

    Covering Ethiopia for those who care
    http://www.nubiannewsnetwork.com/Ethiopia-News.html

    Comment by N3 - Nubian News Network — July 25, 2010 @ 2:19 pm | Reply

  5. Thank you for visiting Nubian News Network! Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any ideas on topics we should be writing about.

    ~Mahlet

    Comment by Habesha Diaspora — August 19, 2010 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

    • You arer more than welcome! We thank you for being honest in your post – as that character trait is often dismissed in life for whatever reason or reasons. We created our site just for your question, see we use RSS feeds from LOCAL newspapers in Ethiopia and we stress local because all the other foreign online newspapers have a bias attached to their articles – thus most of these RSS Feeds do not.

      If you are able book mark our site or stop by we would love to have you use our site to assist you in posting relevant topics going on in Ethiopia. Here is a link just for you: http://www.nubiannewsnetwork.com/Ethiopia-News.html

      Comment by Nubian News Network — August 20, 2010 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

  6. Thanks so much! It’s not always easy to be this honest especially with the topic of personal identity but we do our best. We’ll definitely link in with you and try to cross post.

    Comment by Habesha Diaspora — August 20, 2010 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

    • You are very very welcome. Unfortunately honesty is fleeting more and more in certain societies, do you think it is because people are becoming more frail in terms of criticism or everyone is becoming more corrupt?

      Educate us please, what is cross posting?

      Comment by n3 — August 23, 2010 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  7. I can only speak for myself and I falter when I know I will face criticism. It might be a bit of both for most, though.

    My bad on the cross posting – meant to say cross reference (adding links to your site when we write on different topics refernced there)

    Comment by Habesha Diaspora — August 24, 2010 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  8. Thank you for the wisdom! Criticism is tough to deal with you just have to make sure that you are centered.

    Comment by N3 — August 25, 2010 @ 7:33 am | Reply

  9. That’s exactly it. As long as you remain centered you can take all feedback in stride.

    Comment by Habesha Diaspora — August 25, 2010 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

    • Yep, with no agenda life is easy.

      Comment by N3 — August 25, 2010 @ 9:54 pm | Reply


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