A commenter recently asked about why I returned to Vietnam, which is something that I haven’t really thought about. I will add that going back to the US was never meant to be permanent. Check out my article discussing why I went home in the first place.
This article will cover the reasons I’m back in Asia, which is basically the same as why I won’t go back anytime soon.
Warning: There is some political stuff, but it’s hard to mention the reasons without mentioning the politics.
My Hometown is Expensive
The main reason I came back to Vietnam is the high cost of living in America… specifically in my hometown. It didn’t used to be that way, but it is now.
None of my friends can truly afford to live on their own – they all have roommates or live with their parents. Some of them even qualify for food stamps and public housing. And these are all guys that work decent white collar jobs.
Can you believe that?
Personally, I don’t like living with other people. Sure, you’re never lonely with roommates, but sharing a house with someone isn’t ideal. It’s just something that no one likes once you’re out of college.
All that said, the expense isn’t necessarily a deal breaker for me. However…
My Hometown Doesn’t Feel Like America
According to the 2010 census, my hometown is minority white. You know it when you go to certain neighborhoods.
You think the language barrier is only a problem when travelling outside America?
Oh my sweet summer child.
I had language barrier problems in my hometown. No joke. I took some metal to the scrapyard and… no one there spoke English!
Now, I expect that when I’m abroad. But America is (was) an English speaking country since forever.
Vietnamese, Koreans, and Japanese don’t have to worry about the clerk at Circle-K not speaking the mother tongue. Why don’t Americans get that same privilege?*
It’s frustrating to feel like an outsider in your own country.
*This is a hypothetical question – I know the answer.
Everyone Wants To Talk Politics
Everyone wants to discuss politics, which is extremely annoying because American politics is literally fake and literally gay. The entire federal political scene is just theater meant to gain your consent.
Ever notice that nothing really changes no matter who is in office?
And that the government often goes directly against the will of the people?
And that your local police look/act more like a military than a police force?
And that the US has the highest prison population in the world?
Hmmmmmm…. that sounds like FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY to me. It’s definitely not the tyrannical, authoritarian police state that you find in the Middle East or South America…
Some Parts of America Are Nice Tho
The title is actually clickbait because I do plan on returning to America. However, it won’t be to my part for the reasons listed above.
When I move back it’ll be to a cold place AND a place not near the Interstate Highway System. The interstate destroys cities and towns.
Also, when I say cold, I mean snow AND cold. None of this bitch ass cold where it’s 40 degrees (6 Celsius) in January.
I’m talking the type of cold where it snows 9 months of the year. Where you have 10 foot high snowbanks and have to shovel your way out of your house.
One problem: I’ve never seen major snow in my life nor ever been in remotely cold weather, but I’ll tough it out. I barely go outside anymore anyway.
America is very expensive. And you don’t get much for that high cost of living due to the two reasons listed above.
Totally not worth it. 3rd world countries have problems, but the low CoL makes it worth it.
Some of the colder and more rural parts of the US still look alright – for now.