I AM AN AMERICAN EXPAT LIVING IN HONG KONG. Just talk to me for 10 seconds and you can figure that out. Even before opening my mouth I’ve been told I “behave” like an American — my body language, the way I take up space, the way I dress.
But while it’s obvious I’m an expat, it’s not so obvious that Hong Kong is a huge part of my past. I was born in Hong Kong, I hold permanent residency here, and though I immigrated to the US as a child, I spent a large part of my childhood with Kowloon as my playground. While I would never be so bold as to call myself a true “local”, a large part of who I am came to be because of my relationship with this place.