By Rose-Anne Clermont | TheRoot.com
Oct. 31, 2008–We communicate daily in languages we didn’t grow up speaking. We have learned to adapt to cultures that have not entirely adopted us. Barack Obama might call us, as he has himself, “citizens of the world.” But for Americans living abroad, it’s our chance at changing the world as American citizens that is calling many of us back to our hometowns next week.
“I feel an incredible drive to get home for the election,” says Tioka Tokedira, who has lived in Paris for the last five years and is traveling to Philadelphia to vote and volunteer. “Obama gives me a feeling of hope and pride, especially after dealing with negative French attitudes toward Americans.”