Celebrating July 4 in Bangalore With, Of Course, Tex-Mex

We Expats Go Far From Home But Somehow Stay American

As Americans gear up for Independence Day celebrations this year, I’ll be marking the holiday overseas for the 17th time. I’m a permanent expat, having lived in a number of different countries—at present in India. I once flew 9,000 miles to attend my high school reunion, at which a classmate blurted out: “Aren’t you worried that being away so long will make you, you know … less American?”

I had every reason to stay home—not just in America but specifically in my cozy suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. My Norman Rockwell-style upbringing …