are you happy as a citizen of your country

@bryanwmc (1052)
Malaysia
January 27, 2010 9:40pm CST
any of you guys noticed the add,a chance to win a green card to be a US citizen,whos is the president etc,here in my lot..? dont know about you but i am perfectly happy and proud to be a citizen of my own country Malaysia,shortcomings and all,dont think i ll want to nor do i see myself migrating to the US and be a green card holder,why wud i want to do that? Been there ,lived there and after coming back to my home country,i more prefer to be where i am,but i am sure there are people who really wish to have that green card ,greener pastures,and potential of a better life! Wonder how much water that saying holds!
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@bystander (2294)
• Philippines
28 Jan 10
well, bryanwmc, you cannot choose your country of birth, but you can choose the country where you will live. always remember, however, there are no perfect places nor perfect people on earth. so, being happy with one's country -- as citizen, so it doesn't necessarily say country of birth -- all depends on what you think being happy is.
@bryanwmc (1052)
• Malaysia
28 Jan 10
Yup u are right! wherever i choose to live at,main thing is that i can feel at ease and near to those near and dear, and also have the feeling thats where my comfort zone lies,if i was still in my teens or early adulthood,unattached and full of spirit and adventure,the sense of adventure of the unknown in moving to live in a foreign land might be enticing and exciting but when you have settled down with a family and grown accustomed to a certain way of life,then the thought of uprooting all and sundry actually becomes unnerving.esp so when moving away to a foreign country..no matter how much potential of a better standard of living there may be..
@Takashy (496)
• Latvia
28 Jan 10
Well, thats one hard question. There isn't really anything that would actually hold me in this country besides my family and friends. To say the truth, I plan to work in another country if I get the chance. Its just that it seems rather hard to get a good job in my country. Well, ok, I might be able to get a job but the problem is.. will it pay enough to justify working there? Its just many things have become so expensive those days that I probably would have to get 2 jobs to be able to survive. Thats why I would rather work in another country like the UK or somewhere else where they actually pay you enough. Also.. this might be a little off topic but I can't really say that I would like my country. Those politicians have borrowed over 2 (or was it 4?) billion euro from other EU countries, which is the reason why our tax were increased and everything has become so expensive.. As for the Green Card. Well, I wouldn't mind having one. Just so that I would be able to go to the US if I ever really wanted to. I actually would love to have one just because it could come in handy someday..
@bryanwmc (1052)
• Malaysia
28 Jan 10
if i am not mistaken,you will be a american citizen when you get a green card,and thus must reide there or prove of residence, normal channels dictate that you must prove you have lived in the US for some years and have good knowledge of the country,how many states,good command of english,who is what and where and so on b4 can be even considered to apply for one,dont think its a ticket to visit whenever u feel like it ,may have to live in the country...n be a american!
• Philippines
28 Jan 10
it's good to hear you liking being a citizen of your country. a lot of people here in mine wuld love to be citizens or would love to be born again in a different nation. i love being a filipino. i am a graduate of nursing but i defy every norm with filipino nurses. ive no real plans of going abroad now. like you, i love my country shortcomings and all. i would like to take part in seeing this country improve and not escape. wish there were more people like you :)
@bryanwmc (1052)
• Malaysia
28 Jan 10
My country is where all that i hold dear and precious are near besides my own immediate family,and it will be very difficult to just abandon all near and dear and move to a foreign and so alien land,when you have grown so accustomed to a certain way of life and traditions that to move away would feel like losing a big chunk of your very identity as a individual with your own niche in the world. Unless as i mentioned earlier in my other response,you are very young and just starting to explore your world.In a nutshell,methinks,country is important but more precious is your identity in the immediate family and social structure you are part of,and that defines your place in the world ,coz you have a sense of belonging and feel comfortable and secure of that id,thus to move away from that esp to a alien country where u dont have friends ,u ll feel misplaced,a faceless person nobody knows n that can be unnerving and ackward!
• United States
28 Jan 10
I'm not happy as a citizen of the USA. I'd rather be in Europe somewhere. Just sick and tired of the crap in the USA, and it slowly becoming more of a police state. Just bad news all around ya know?
@bryanwmc (1052)
• Malaysia
28 Jan 10
have few very good US friends who are worldly wised and travel a lot and they often joked that they feel safer movin around when they stik a little canadian flag sticker to their luggage..just a joke mind you but does reflect the times , doesnt it ?
@Hatley (161923)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Jan 10
hi bryanwmc of course you should be proud and happy to be a citizen of your own country,good or bad or indifferent, it is your country. But in defense of the US it is my country and I love being an American in a freee country. I am proud to be an American. I dont know about better life or not, I just know I was born here and here is where I wish to be. I love America and I hate it when people try to put us down.We have helped just about every nation there is yet people like to bash us just for being the US. I hate that. Malaysia sounds tropical and would love to visit one day. Our President is Barack Obama.
@bryanwmc (1052)
• Malaysia
28 Jan 10
dont get me wrong,US is a great country,that have given the world pop culture,jazz,blues,hippies freedom of expression,legendary statesmen.like it or not many of the stuff have permeated the world cultures,have hollywood to thank for that,i like the country and what it stands for but at same token ,cant say i m very fond of the past administrations,the people who are responsible for all the damage to the credibility and good intentions of the people of the good ole US of A.The world gets wary and suspicious whnever the US goverment gets involved,hidden agenda,ulterior motives fueled by greed and vested interests etc..is how its usually perceived and sadly, frustrations with the US administrations are taken out on ordinary americans just coz ..! Bad rap for common americans.
• Bulgaria
2 May 10
Well I live in Bulgaria.. Things aren't perfect here, actually they are pretty bad. But I am born here and when I am away I feel kind of homesick. My friends and relatives are here, so everywhere else on the planet I feel like guest. Bulgaria maybe a bit bad but it is my home and I want to stay here. However, a trip to USA will be nice :D
• Philippines
3 Feb 10
Hi bryanwmc, Yes, the United States can provide you with opportunities for a better life. For one thing, there is no discrimination. Employers hire you on the basis of merit. People see and appreciate your assets, rather than focus on your shortcomings. I've been there and I'm a U.S. citizen. From having been there, I have gathered precious memories that give me a lift whenever I am down the dumps. Yes, I'm happy to be back home in my country of birth because I am with my kids. But there are moments when I miss California. Actually, it's not where you are that determines your happiness. The attitude and values of people around you and the way you deal with them would be a good index of the kind of life that you have. When all is said and done, it's really all up to you. Life is how you make it. I'm glad that you are happy where you are. Kudus!
28 Jan 10
I am a citizen of the U.s.! Right now my husband is in the Air Force and we are stationed in England! Beautiful country but seeing how these people live compared to American way of life! Thank God For being American! I am so proud! & if I was you I would be proud of the country you came from too! I know what you mean! Other countries are definitely not the same and as comfortable as the one you were raised in! So definitely be proud of where you came from!!
@monkeylong (3147)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Jan 10
As far as I am concenred, I think I am very happy to be a citizen as my own country which I love most. Maybe we all have such a mind, when we are in our own country, we usually say something bad to our country. But if some one else say the bad to our country ,maybe we will be very angry with him or her. That is we all love our country so much.
@illfavors (592)
• United States
28 Jan 10
I'm not too thrilled about the way my country is ran, but I live here so I just have to deal with it. I would move elsewhere if I could afford it.
@alfroi635 (299)
• Philippines
28 Jan 10
My country is also great but of course US is so great. It depends on people on how he look things for his life. If he want to explore all worldly things, the he must search and look for it while others are just contented of where they are as long as they are hapy with their life.
@bianca89 (129)
• Philippines
28 Jan 10
I'm happy and contented being a FILIPINO ^_^
@xannebull (1806)
• Philippines
28 Jan 10
I am happy that I am a filipino, but i am not contented to the present economy of the country right now, since many filipinos become poor and lots are jobless. Maybe if this country is more progressive and have lots of jobs to offer to the citizens, then maybe i am one of the happiest citizen living in this country.
@grace118224 (1040)
• China
28 Jan 10
In China about twenty years ago many people tried all their best to migrate to the US but now things change . A lot of overseas students come back to China to work and a lot of US people settle down in China. I'm really proud of being a citizen of my country although like you say that there are still many shortcomings for living .
@dreamnishu (1253)
• China
28 Jan 10
I am so happy with my citizen in my own country.
@Zhizho (1352)
• Indonesia
28 Jan 10
surely yes I am happy as citizen of my country apart from the fact that Goverment Problem. I don't think that we always blaming work of goverment while as citizen do the thing to support them in corruption or ask them to do much without support them.
@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
28 Jan 10
I think this is the matter of fate where you were born. But about citizenship, if we have a chance, we could change it. But however, let say we won't forcing our own fate. Although my country is still a growing country, but i feel happy and proud with it. My country has many interesting culture which are uniquely belong to us. Many foreigners come to my country for traveling, holiday and vacancy. That's why instead of a developing country but we have many interesting things which can attracting other people to come here. Have a nice day and happy mylotting.
• Hong Kong
28 Jan 10
winning the green card is cool for me because i want to travel in different countries, i me want to be someday travel around the world, to see places i can admire the beauty of it. I love my own country but i hate people who use their richness to be at the top of rightness, so what do you think?
• Philippines
28 Jan 10
well for me im not that happy in my country... people in my country love do die without a reason! they love to do stupid things especially in government. i know that there is no such thing as a perfect country but at least justify the people living in it.
@emine08 (1531)
• Indonesia
28 Jan 10
of course I love my country and I am happy as a citizen of my country. There are alot of discrimination to other race in the other country. But In my country I will live happily and there will no race discrimination.