Kia ora koutou! 皆さん、こんにちは! 大家好！ Hello, one and all!
The indigenous Maori tradition of introductions involves first linking oneself to the land, its people, and their people, so in that spirit: I was born in the northern tip of the Great China Plain, protected in the north and west by the Jundushan and Xishan mountain ranges, and fed by the Chaobai, Yongding and Juma rivers. Most people today call this place Beijing, China. I am Han Chinese, which is an ethnic group that arose out of a neolithic federation of agricultural tribes that settled along the Yellow River (the 6th longest river on the planet) and has grown to be 1.3 billion people worldwide. I am also American and a New Englander by way of growing up on lands that were the home of the Massachusett people. I lived a few years in Hokkaido, Japan, which has been home to the Ainu people since around 300 BCE. I currently reside on the ancestral lands of Ngati Whatua-o-Orakei... people not of this land tend to call it Auckland, New Zealand. My little family is my husband, myself and our dog. My name is Lucy and it is lovely to meet you all.
I joined to learn and see if my husband and I can feel a sense of community and connection to people with similar aspirations but perhaps very different backgrounds and journeys. We have office jobs and live up in a tall apartment building in a city with high cost of living, but we dream of being able to sustain ourselves on our own bit of land in the middle of a forest (within one hour of ski slopes, the husband interjects). We're thinking New England, or British Columbia, or just somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere with lots of trees and four seasons. We'll probably make a big leap at some point in the near future, but since we're very much city folk right now, I'm probably going to be more of a reader and asker here than anything else.
While I've done the lurker thing of looking at others' stories here, I'd like to start some active conversations now:
What brought you to this point in your life?
What is your culture, background, or the road that you or your family took?
If you made a big change like the one we're looking to make, what was one thing really early step you took that you'd like to share with someone just starting out?
Thanks for taking the time to read this. No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.