Evolution of a global niche: or, how to use an identity crisis to your advantage

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What comes after cultural disenfranchisement? After Expat Harem, the book? After expat+HAREM, the community site? A slideshow charting the evolution of a spin-off project, GlobalNicheGlobalniche.net

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How *not* to write your life story

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These seven life-writing don’ts can be a waste of time and talent, and often destroy a good expat writer’s confidence.

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Links of interest: awkward traveling, poised interculturalists, native people, and hopping places

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The Awkward Traveler, Istanbul’s hoppingest back alley, uncomfortable truths about your native people/politics, growing up with Native American history.

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Out of the box: the lure of the wider world

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For nineteen years Elizabeth Briel was locked in a metaphorical box — first by others, and later by herself – unable to see an alternative to what surrounded her.

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Expat type two: splitting the definition

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Some expats are more equal than others. What separates one type of expat from another is the temporariness of the challenges.

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Harem girls for sale: the making of Expat Harem

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Eighteen months. Two expatriate American writers in Istanbul.

We created a feminist travel anthology, landed a North American book deal and dual language editions from Turkey’s strongest publisher, while winning representation at one of New York’s oldest literary agencies. How did we do it?

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Get creative about your place in the world: how to operate on a micro-yet-global level with a global niche

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Suspended between multiple worlds — challenged in your pursuits and interests by culture, geography, language or time zone? Welcome to the GlobalNiche club, where our situation mismatch is our secret weapon.

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expat+HAREM becomes an archive

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expat+HAREM is now an evergreen neoculture discussion archive. GlobalNiche.net is our new, hands-on life-work initiative to put into practice expat+HAREM theories. Join us there!

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Writing to save your life: defining moments become your story

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When a stamp in her passport reads “Wife not permitted to work”, writing saves the sanity and career of a serial expat

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