Unlikely associations: is it a sell-out to socialize with insiders?

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Sometimes this expat has felt like a duplicitous sell-out for socializing with people she normally would not.

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Sink or swim: facing the surprise depths of cultural immersion

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Easy answers to complex cultural questions can’t prepare an American for her submersive role as member of a Kurdish tribe by marriage.

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Push-me pull-you loyalty: where are global citizens torn?

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A British-born woman of mixed ethnicity is torn between loyalties to her country of birth and others her family is tied to.

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How do you say…me?

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A Brit in the Netherlands finds a foreign language is a hurdle to being true to herself in her relationships with locals, family and friends.

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Nostalgic baggage: taking love with you

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If each tiny, agile step forward is a step away from something else — guaranteed not to be there forever, trustily waiting for our return– we need to consider with extra care where we’re headed and when we choose to go.

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Strategic love: the embassy of intercultural marriage

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If marriage is the smallest unit of a community, then cross-cultural couples are ambassadors, peace-makers, and change-agents.

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Most affecting: 1 year later

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We’re celebrating a full year of camaraderie among cultural creatives, globally mobile progressives, and explorers of identity.

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Presented in Istanbul: tiptoeing through the taboos

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Meeting my future Turkish in-laws, behavior speaks louder than words and appearing eager to belly dance is dangerous for a daughter-in-law with a Russian name.

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Food communion: finding lost rituals

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A global nomad now back in the USA misses the special status of food.

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Frozen roots: immigrant community stuck in time

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When a Turk raised in a conservative Brooklyn emigrant community studies in Istanbul she realizes progress comes from a community, not a location.

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