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Question: Would someone immigrating from the US to overseas feel in a similar way, or because maybe most Americans feel so comfortable, would we feel even more threatened than Iyer did leaving home?
Iyer talks about landing in LAX from the perception of an immigrant. The entire process he takes from the moment he leaves his country to the moment he lands in the US is all very overwhelming. Most people have this sort of vision of what life will be like on the other side. But he makes a point to say that the US has its ways of being no different, in certain ways, from the land they just left behind. That the US can just be as rainy or sunny as anywhere else in the world. Their police policies can become just as terrifying as the ones they left behind.
Iyer talks a lot about different perceptions of time at the airport. He talks about this “odd consciousness” he slips into while at the airport and then shifts to a terrified feeling as a plane takes off as a tarmac becomes a threatening location for must people as they think about “hostages and homicide”. And then taking their first steps through this new life and new land, people easily get lost. He shatters the glass protection concealing the truth behind the real feeling people get when leaving their home. Although, one woman he speaks of, he questions that even though she misses home would she go back. She replies know because even if she did go back she still feared where she came from more due to her past experiences.
Quote: “It is a commonplace nowadays to say that cities look more and more like airports, cross-cultural spaces that are a gathering of tribes and races and variegated tongues; and it has always been true that airports are in many ways like miniature cities, whole, self-sufficient communities, with their own chapels and museums and gymnasiums.”