In China, the focus is placed on the community and the family, rather than just the individual, as it often is in America. I’m just beginning to understand what that means in terms of family.
Did I ever feel entitled to move back in and be financially dependent? No. I was lucky enough to be able to come home when times were tough and work on my degree for once, with some sort of stability in my life, thanks to my parents.
The fact that leaders throughout the Muslim world (cough, Ahmadinejad) insist Israel should be “wiped off the map,” paired with a perceived revival of anti-Semitism around the world, and, of course, the not-so-distant memory of the Holocaust, it is easy to see why many Millennial Jews feel a strong bond with Israel and believe that its survival, prosperity and identity are intertwined with their own.
The modern model relationship isn’t about supporting an abolition of marriage, but about the fact that we should be able to choose when we decide to settle down and what the terms will be, whether it be recognized by the court or not.
My family parties automatically have at least 60 people and those are the smaller ones. Although most Millennials aren’t from big families, I think there’s something to be said for trying to have one. Growing up with so many cousins, I always felt I had an abundance of friends and the best part is that no matter what, we are all still family.
Beyond satisfying some of my Jersey pride, this show is deeply fascinating on a much more personal level. Not only did the real Nucky Johnson grow up exactly where I did, in suburban Mays Landing, NJ, but my own family has uncomfortable secrets involving Atlantic City in the ’20s.