Smile, you’re in the West

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Ex-Soviets don’t smile. They’re not being rude, it’s just the body language of their region, writes an Azeri transplanted to a British suburb.

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Senso unico: the shifts and stages of expatriatism

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A serial expat reflects on how her expatriatism has changed through place, and over time.

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Links of interest: networked reality, the global zeitgeist, and a gathering of cultural chameleons

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Families in global transition get together. Now that our digital and physical worlds have meshed, how do we evolve? The problem of nailing universality when you’re too damn exotic.

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Links of interest: location as identity, skin deep culture, and global critical thinking

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What does it mean to think globally and can we learn how, to sustain the planet? Is culture like clothing? New gathering places for writers abroad.

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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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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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The Global Niche muse: out of place and mistress of her domain

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A whimsical pioneer woman peering out from her own personal compass is the muse for GlobalNiche‘s work-life initiative, embodying creative self enterprise for the global soul.

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With/out borders: the shape of your world

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Border disputes never made sense to me. Living all over the world gave me a free floating perception of the world.

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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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