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Culture shock happens over a long period of time. For the first couple of months, a foreign country is cool. Then, you feel stressed out and want to move, and emotions level off at about 6 months as you accept your surroundings. I experienced that in Korea. But since then, culture shock has been mild or scarcely noticeable at all for me. I didn't feel it in Indonesia. I didn't go through the same emotions in the US either. I think you get used to it once you experience it a few times. I also feel like I built up just a bit of a resistance to jet lag, but that could come naturally with aging.
im white and feel depressed now that im back in america. but its because i have companionship abroad but lonely back home. America is way nicer to live but its quite socially isolating so its conflicting.
IMO, the adjustment to the US, racial differences aside, is that it's place of daily habits. If one doesn't have that sort of set routine, a lot of other factors can kick in.
When I was working in Brazil, coming home meant a bit of social isolation (despite my friends in the area) and that lack of group camaraderie which was prevalent in Rio.
Many years ago, the Best Picture of 1999, "American Beauty", telegraphed the message of Happier Abroad to the world.
Beware of long term engagements with AWs, you may find yourself in a coffin.
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BTW, despite settling down with an AW, myself, the warning is still in effect.