Really cool, I agree!
I look forward to becoming a citizen of the United States. I really do.
But does becoming a citizen remove the cultural underpinnings of having another relationship with a country that isn’t solely tied to fulfilling the requirements of citizenship?
Personally, I don’t think so.
There’s an aspect of living in America ( and being a citizen) that permeates a lot of my writing — which includes where I was born and spent the first 28 years of my life, where my parents and siblings still live, and how I am now seen by those I used to call friends and family.
When I say there’s never a country I fully belong to, it’s partially because I know I will become a fruit of both: there’s no way I’d ever look at Cameroon the same way again, and I only see America from the eyes of my birth nation — Cameroon.
I will be both.
There’s something beautiful about this. Which I am not only grateful for, but sharing with many about how flawed most images of other countries ( including mine) are seen by those who aren’t in there.
Both good and bad images.
To me, being Cameroonian or American has a lot more to do that just being a citizen.
I am sure you know people who have used their status for less than stellar reasons.
I can see where your argument stems from, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to be more for those who work and do their best to be upstanding humans and citizens here in America.
I have every intention to be a useful member of the community that has welcomed me in many good ways ;)