Why I May Still Be Canadian
An irreverent look at all things Canadian and Israeli by a Canadian expat who somehow ended up in self-exile somewhere in the empty expanse of the Negev desert.
Why I May Still Be Canadian is an irreverent look at all things Canadian and Israeli by a Canadian expat who somehow ended up in self-exile somewhere in the empty expanse of the Negev desert. David Lloyd left his native Canada at the age of 18, but it took him over 35 years of living in Israel before he was ready to take on the name of expat. And in doing so, he set out to understand the true meaning of the word through the writing of this blog. He has set out on a long and intricate journey and hopes that you will join him, as we question the things that shape us. Do family, language and culture really determine who we are, or is there still room to reinvent ourselves? You need not be an expat to join in this journey. The questions are relevant to us all. It helps, though, if you have a sense of humour.
It took me over 35 years of living
in Israel before I took on the name
of expat. But can I really claim this title after having lived abroad for so many years?
If it weren't for this blog, I probably
wouldn’t have adopted this title even now. In my online search for similar ramblings by Canadians living abroad, I discovered the term expat (expatriate). The dictionary definition of expat is: Someone living in a country that is not their own country. But this definition leads to even more questions.
What do we mean by their own country? Is this defined simply by citizenship? I have dual citizenship: Canadian and Israeli. Am I now a Canadian expat when living in Israel, but an Israeli expat when living in Canada? Or maybe it is defined by which citizenship came first. In my case it was Canadian, but my children were born both Israeli and
Canadian - as they were born in Israel to a Canadian father. Can they then be called Canadian expats, even though they have never lived in Canada? And what if we had moved half a year after their birth in Israel to live permanently in Canada - which country would they then call their own?
So, who deserves the term expat? And when can you begin to call yourself an expat, and when should you stop?