Thirty years ago, Asia was a part of my life that I wanted to avoid. My father comes from Maharashtra, India, while my mother comes from Ontario, Canada as I do. As a child I went to India with my parents every three years, but always grudgingly - so few toys, so little technology! (India in the 1980s was not India in the 2010s.)
My adult life has been very different. As an undergrad I became more and more interested in international development. I was lucky enough to put that interest into practice with work in Thailand at the age of 21; the work experience and the travel afterwards changed my life for the better. They triggered my lifelong interest in Buddhism, which led me back to Buddhism's roots in India. Asian philosophy is a central interest for me, and I've just been approved as a visiting researcher at BU's Center for the Study of Asia. As an adult I keep coming back to Asia, physically, intellectually and professionally, and that makes me happy.