QUERY: Immigrant emotions: happy vs glücklich

Alison Efford's picture

Dear Colleagues,

A friend sent me the following quotation from Jacques Lacan’s Ethics of Psychoanalysis:

“I hardly need to remind you of the story of the individual who emigrated from Germany to America and who was asked, ‘Are you happy?’ ‘Oh, yes, I am very happy,’ he answered, ‘I am really very, very happy, aber nicht glücklich!’”

I wasn't familiar with the story. Has anyone actually come across happy but unglücklich Germans abroad? I’m interested in immigrant emotions generally, so similar references would also interest me.

Thanks!

Alison Clark Efford