The one about living abroad segways neatly into my latest reality documentary entitled “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”. This video was taken from a recent Singaporean dinner gathering which offered a chance for seniors to meet incoming students here at the University at Buffalo.
In this short piece, I chat up with Singaporean students on the premise that if given a choice, whether they would prefer to stay in the U.S. or return to Singapore.
At this social gathering you’ll see a melange of young and old to geek and glam. Depending on your perspective, you might already realize that the more senior students tend to prefer settling down abroad while the incoming teenagers, prefer returning to Singapore.
For those who prefer staying abroad, the most common reasons include:
– the nature of their discipline (e.g. American medical degree, bigger job market)
– comfortable way of life (e.g. freedom of expression, wage vs. cost of living, consumer rights)
– democratic economy (e.g. eBay creates low barrier to entry for business)
For those who prefer returning to Singapore, the most common reasons include:
– family attachment
– familiar local food
– close friends
My basic hypothesis for this would be that the more time you spend in a new location (e.g. United States), the more you are able to get accustomed to what it offers. Once you find something favorable, especially if geographically unique (e.g. culture, economy), those ideals often ends up challenging your precepts of home (i.e. Singapore).
At this point I’d like to turn to you…
Where are you now? And if given a choice, would you stay or would you go?
Recent related links:
Singapura Video: Introducing Ourselves (Fall 2006 students)
Singapura Video: Steamboat Party Outtakes (How we have fun!)
Singapura.org: A fresh blog for Singaporeans living abroad