Home is my community
Updated: Nov 17, 2018
The close knit culture along with religion purely defines the Chaldean community. We identify with religion in particular as our community fled the homeland of Iraq due to religious persecution and oppression.
I am first generation born in the U.S, I only live vicariously through my parents and relatives stories of their homeland. However, the culture was brought over and remains so strong which allows me to feel as I was born in Iraq. Watching my family and community of 150k Chaldeans adapt to a society in which they came to not knowing the language or societal norms is astonishing in my eyes. Most of these individuals came seeking refuge with no education or with a degree that is useless in the USA. My Father in particular fled the country right before he turned 18 and came to the U.S to live in a 2000 sq foot home with his 9 siblings and 2 parents who did not speak English. My father and all of his siblings now all own their own homes separately in addition to their own businesses that continue to thrive. They accomplished the American Dream. To all of us home is wherever our community is because whether back in Iraq, or here in the U.S, all they need is each other to make any place home.