A new lyricism: forging an expat persona

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An American in China discovers her new expat persona — lyrical, and feisty — offers the freedom to redefine who she is and what she wants to be.

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Hybrid Ambassadors: talking about polarization, stereotype, and whitewash

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Nine cultural innovators taking on the issue of readership and race, xenoconfusion, “the whitewashing of our differences”, and the risks of committing strong opinion to a digital footprint.

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Lost words: saying goodbye to mono-language

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Words collide where two languages meet. A writer finds her relationship to her native tongue has shifted, leaving blanks, holes, Turkish substitutes.

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Winter of our re-content: using nature’s downtime for self-invention

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Make stylish clothing for the Gypsy jet set, or feed the soul? A fashion designer redesigns herself with the help of a life coach.

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Questioning stable life: a rolling stone gathers confusing new moss

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The more a stable home life demands of this Third Culture Kid, the more she seeks out foreign interests and activities.

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Cultural jet lag: the effect of occupying multiple personas

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“Iranian by birth, French by citizenship and American by residence” is how my grandfather encapsulated 10-year old me. What does that make my daughter?

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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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Scots and risky: exploring a daredevil heritage

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Risk-taking is in the blood of this Scot-American woman: bear wrestlers, sword swallowers. What role does risk play in the way you experience the world?

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