Where is home for you? Where is your heart home? Let me explain.
After leaving Korea at age six and immigrating to the United States, I’ve often wrestled with the idea of “home.”
Growing up in San Francisco, I was often ridiculed and found myself in my share of fights – and usually on the losing end. One comment I often heard was:
“Why don’t you go back home, Chink. Go back where you came from.”
And so when I grew up, I did exactly that. I returned to Korea and interestingly, couple people said to me:
“Go back home. Go back where you came from.”
Huh? That was really confusing.
Ultimately, it helped me to embrace the biblical truth that our citizenship and our home is with the Kingdom of God.
But nevertheless, I still am fascinated over the idea of “the home” that speaks to our heart. I have lived [3 months+] at one point or another in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Davis [CA], Sacramento, Princeton, New York, Seoul, and Seattle.
Seattle is clearly home for us now. We’ve been proudly living there since 1997. In fact, I’m already looking forward to the end of August when we’ll return to Seattle.
But there’s also something very deep about being in Korea. And the only way I can describe it is that while Seattle is home, Korea is home that speaks to my heart. The Korean word for this is “Go-Hyang” or “hometown” in English. I prefer to translate this to “Heart Home.” This is the only explanation I can think of that explains why I still cry when I fly into Korea and why I often get emotional as I walk around Seoul – capturing the sounds of people, life, activity, business…capturing sounds and visions of its beauty and depravity.
Question: Where is home now? And where is your “heart home?” Why?