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Podcast title Four Seas One Family : Focusing on Expat Living
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Description Four Seas One Family focuses exclusively on adjusting and enjoying life as an expat. Whether traveling alone, with a partner or family, share in the adventures, challenges and difficulties faced by current and former expats. Learn from the insights our fellow expat guest bring that will assist in constructing a clear understanding of how being a global citizen can help people from different backgrounds learn more about themselves and appreciate that we all have something to learn from each other.
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1. Update: We'll Be Right Back
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Just a quick checkin to let everyone know that I am still here. Sometimes he can be quite difficult arranging interview times with expats located in different parts of the world. Over the next few episodes, because of time zone differences, I will focus on interviewing expats closer to my region. Once again thank you for listening to Four Seas One Family.

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2. 4S1F62 Making Relationships
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This episode we sit down for a chat with another American expat who is also living in Asia, Mrs. Tara White. Tara has been living abroad since 2008 working as both an English teacher and a teacher trainer. Tara has experienced living in many locations in Asia. She has lived in Cambodia, Korea, Malaysia, and Australia and is currently residing with her husband just outside the fast paced city of Tokyo, Japan.

The most interesting thing is she’s living her expat life as a minimalist. Tara is also the host of a popular YouTube channel where she can be found creating videos that demonstrate how everyone can simplify their life by practicing a minimalist lifestyle.

In the future, Tara plans to become a KonMari certified consultant so that she can help others create spaces and homes that spark joy.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Website: Tara White Talks

Facebook: Tara White Talks

Youtube: Tara White Talks

Instagram: Tara White Talks

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3. 4S1F61 Don't Rely On Living Your Life Like It Was Back Home
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An expat may not always agree with how things are done in their host nation and this shouldn't be a surprise. By keeping an open mind and heart a lot can be learned from an overseas experience. These experiences may not always be good but they may help an expat further understand him or her self and the other people who are also citizens of this planet.

With this in mind, expats should allow themselves to see more of the benefits of life within their host nation without prejudice. By doing so, they may discover that something like a local custom or public service is beneficial to the local population and could be implemented even in their home nation.

In this episode, we share concepts like this with American expat Marjorie Freimuth who has lived in Austria, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Marjorie, who at the time of this interview is living in Asia, has written about her overseas experiences for the Huffington Post. She shares with us some of her cross-cultural interactions along with the challenges faced while living abroad.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Facebook: @goingoutyourdoor

Huffington Post Articles: Marjorie Freimuth

Huffington Post: How Does American Health Care Compare To Taiwan?

China Times: How Does American Health Care Compare To Taiwan? (in Chinese)

Instagram: Going Out Your Door

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4. 4S1F60 Finding Cultural Bridges
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James sits down for a chat with his old friend and Cortland State University alumni, Mr. Todd Friends, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Todd is currently an assistant professor at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Listen to how Todd is using his expat experience, along with his extensive business and management background, to impress on his students the importance of developing cross cultural exchanges and understandings at a local level. Also, Todd explains why in some places cultural understandings can turn out to be more valuable and flexible in the long term than contractual agreements, which in the end, builds lasting trust and opens the door for yet seen opportunities.

Todd happened to be coming through Taipei to set up the groundwork for a study abroad course he has developed for his students called “The Three Chinas”. This course isn’t educational tourism. This 2018 course is a live comparative business trip between Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai. This is when Todd’s students can get an early taste of an overseas business environment.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Website: Todd Friends @ Whitworth University Page:

Website: Whitworth University

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5. 4S1F59 Embrace - The Expat - Community
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Our guest this episode is American expat Hallie Bradley. Hallie has been living in Seoul, Korea for over ten years and she is loving it. Hallie shares with us her very first impressions of her overseas home. Listen to how this expat from a small American town overcame language barriers and learnt to build long-lasting relationships with the local residents. Hallie also gives us a peek into how she met her Korean husband and how they are today raising a young daughter. Hallie is doing all of this while running a popular website that showcases events in and around Seoul. So join us and hear why this energetic expat believes, above all, in the power of communication.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Website: The Soul of Seoul

Facebook: The Soul of Seoul

Twitter: The Soul of Seoul

Pinterest: The Soul of Seoul

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6. 4S1F58 You Have to Make an Effort
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Mike Wester is a 17-year American expat resident of Beijing and a veteran of five years of expatriate living in Taipei as well. In 2001 he co-founded True Run Media, which provides information and services to the internationally-minded communities in China’s largest cities. TRM operates three brands – the Beijinger and beijingkids (English) and JingKids (Chinese), producing print and digital media as well as large-scale live events for each.

• the Beijinger (thebeijinger.com) is the capital's top international English language information resource. Featuring the best in the city's dining, nightlife, style, arts and culture, it is a must-read city and lifestyle platform for locals and expatriates alike.

• beijingkids (beijing-kids.com) is the most comprehensive English-language family resource for international English-speaking families in Beijing.

• JingKids (jingkids.com) is a community-based, niche-market, multiplatform information resource for affluent parents seeking international schooling and lifestyle for their children with entirely independent editions produced in Beijing and in Shanghai.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Facebook: Michael Wester

Website: True Run Media

Website: The Beijinger

Website: Beijingkids

Website: Jingkids

WeChat: mwinchina

LinkedIn: True Run Media

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7. 4S1F57 Respectfully Not Caring What People Say
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Everyone living outside his or her home nation as a story to tell that explains why they made the choice to travel and then live abroad. In today’s episode we have a guest that fits this description without exception. Currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Anthony Rigogliosi shares with us what brought him to the realization of why he had to change is life situation in his home nation and move abroad.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Facebook (Personal): Anthony Rigogliosi

Facebook Group: Podcast Ninja Dojo

Facebook: Trek the World TV

Website: Podcast Ninja

Youtube: Trek the World TV

Memorable Quotes:

(05:00 mins.) "Respectfully not caring what people say..."

(06:20 mins.) "Someone that doesn't have much can give so much. much."

(8:35 mins.):"Living in my car taught me the simplicities of life."

(09:35 mins.) "The Four Hour Work Week"

(13:20 mins.) "You meet the right person when you are doing the right thing."

(22:03 mins.) "Real people here."

(23:00 mins.) "Gratitude. You can't teach it."

(00:00 mins.) "Don't do the things you hate."

(25:35 mins.) "Stop doing the things you don't like and spend time doing the things you do like."

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8. 4S1F April 2017 TER Announcement
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From overseas, expats can offer unique perspectives that may not be easily observed by international media outlets.

With all the cultural and political uprising taking place in the world today, now is the time for expats, who have had the opportunity to interact and live amongst different cultures, to make their points of views heard and work to breakdown cultural misunderstandings that have developed through suspicions, hate and fear.

James Thomas, the host of Four Seas One Family, is working with other like-minded expats located in different parts of the world to create a podcast program for expats to hold live online discussions about both local and global events that may directly or indirectly influence their home nation or the nation they currently reside in. The podcast will be called "The Expats Roundtable".

The Expats Roundtable will be based on the following:

1. Members are to be expats who currently live abroad or “former expats” who have returned to their ”home country(ies)“ but have lived “long-term” overseas before.

2. In the beginning, membership will be built from introductions from current expat members. The more expats taking part, the more information that could be created and exchanged. This would offer a lot of value.

3. Roundtables “should” be held every two weeks on-line via Youtube’s Google+ Hangouts at pre-arranged times. It is hoped that in the future selected expat members can assist in hosting online discussions from expats located in different time zones at pre-arranged times.  Each roundtable should have a topic that is chosen by members or a recent trend or event that affects expats domestically or abroad. Let’s use a very informal topic selection process. In fact, more than one topic may be covered at once in a roundtable.

4. No member is required to take part in any ”certain number“ of roundtables to be considered a member. However, it is hoped that participation becomes strong and lasting.

5. In order to help assist in keeping discussions opened and balanced, non-expats maybe allowed to be invited to, and  take part in, on-line and off-line discussions.

6. ”The Expats Roundtable group could help drive some interest to members personal or business related websites while, at the same time, keeping the branding of a member’s main website(s) separated from "The Expats Roundtable group.

7. Discussion topics, times and dates will be coordinated via email and online polling.

MEMBERSHIP RELATED

1. Members should be current or former expats who write a blog post or produce a podcast episode at least once a month.

2. A “former expat” is defined as someone who has lived abroad for at least two years. Exceptions maybe allowed.

3. Membered expats are requested to assist in promoting "The Expats Roundtable in some way and, if they like, promo other member’s blogs or podcasts as well. It is hoped that the cross promotions will raise awareness of content created and produced by members who may specialize in a niche that other listeners maybe interested in.

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9. 4S1F56 Barbarian At The Gate
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There are a few expats who have totally immersed themselves in the culture and lifestyle of their host nation. They later discover that their relationship with their adopted home has become strong and, in some cases, inseparable. Because of this type of unexplainable connection, a few expats have made the decision to give up the passport of their nation of birth to become a citizen of the nation of their adopted home. This transformation for many isn’t an easy one and, in some cases, irreversible.

In this episode, James sits down for a chat with TC Lin. TC was born in the United States and decided to go to Taiwan to study Mandarin Chinese in college. TC later found himself in a place that helped him find out more about himself. He shares his tribulations and walks us through what went through his mind after making the decision to give up his U. S. passport to become a citizen of a land so different from his upbringing.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

TC Lin’s Personal Website: Poagao

TC Lin’s Book on Amazon: Barbarian At The Gate

Wikipedia: TC Lin

Facebook: TC Lin

Twitter: Follow @poagao

Youtube: TC Lin Youtube Page

Instagram: thepoagao

Flickr: Poagao

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10. 4S1F55 Be Prepared To See A Side Of Yourself You've Never Seen Before
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It is often hard or almost impossible to predict where your life journey may ultimately take you. An expat’s journey leads to different pathways for self-discovery. My guest this episode is American expat Carlo JaMelle. He proves in a unique way that it is very possible to become an accidental expat and, in the end, enjoy and learn from the path taken.

Carlo talks about how he ended up going to Taiwan after graduating from college. Without any in-depth knowledge of his future overseas home, he shares how he learned the skill of cultural adaptation and assimilation.

It isn’t hard to see that Carlo, as an African-American expat who has chosen to educate himself about his overseas environment, is using his cultural adaptation skills to communicate with people across cultural boundaries. He has placed himself in a position of tearing down walls of cultural misunderstandings when others back in his home nation are building walls up.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Facebook: Carlo JaMelle

National Taiwan University

National Chengchi University

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11. 4S1F54 The Black Sheep TCK
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We sit down for chat with a 24 year old American TCK (Third Culture Kid), Mr. Brandon O’Neal. Brandon takes us for walk in his TCK world and allows us to have a peek inside his sphere of growing up as an African American third culture kid in Taiwan. He shares amusing stories of becoming part of the local Taiwanese community as well as the struggles he faced while being educated in local Taiwanese schools.

Brandon points out the importance of learning about the culture you are living in and developing the needed language skills and cultural awareness to further enforce better relationships within your local overseas community.

Always zany, upbeat and optimistic, Brandon shows how his experiences of being the “odd one” strengthened his determination to achieve his goals and the way he currently sees the world and his future.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Facebook: BlasianTW

Youtube: Blasian: Taiwanese Thug Workout Intro

Instagram: BlasianTW

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12. 4S1F53 Don't Belong Anywhere, But Comfortable Everywhere
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It is quite common for expat women traveling abroad, and especially raising a family, to feel lost and lose a sense of purpose. It is easy to feel overwhelmed in an unfamiliar overseas environment. I’m lucky this episode to chat with Ms. Rita Golstein-Galperin a career makeover strategists who focuses on helping expat women abroad find or recalibrate a their life direction.

Rita works with women all over the world and offers an online service that helps women focus and stay targeted on their life goals while overseas. She has developed online coaching materials to help women realize that their overseas lives can be made relevant to the goals and dreams they want to achieve. Rita is also the author of the book "Grow Abroad (Gift of Reinventing and Owning your Worth)". This book is the quintessential guide for expat women looking to get beyond their "Zombie Mode" of existence.

Rita says it better in her own words:

From Rita's Expat Renaissance Website

I’m a Career Makeover Strategist® for expat women and the founder of Expat Renaissance.

A somewhat serial expat from childhood, I’m now a multicultural mom in Paris and a passionate lover of all chocolate:) More to the point though, I’m a former serial career sifter: a lawyer, economist, tutor, public policy analyst and a senior diplomat….

The question of “what do I want to do when I grow up?” hunted me for years. I read every book, attended every workshop and bought every program out there to try and figure it out…

Till it hit me: there is NO right or wrong answers, it’s just the journey. And so, after training as a coach, I’ve decided I don’t want to grow up and I don’t want to put my dream on hold… this is my time to thrive. I since helped hundreds of women around the world redefine and reinvent their success abroad.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

If you are a female expat who is searching for a way to refocus on a goal, Rita’s awesome online service may be the guiding light that can help you remap and rediscover your life while abroad.

Website: Expat Renaissance

Book: "Grow Abroad (Gift of Reinventing and Owning your Worth)"

More About: Expat Renaissance

Facebook: Expat Wonder-Women

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13. Commentary January 2017
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I started this website and podcast, Four Seas One Family, to explain some of my personal insights to family members and friends back home about life overseas. I also wanted to expand the podcast to where people could easily observe that we have a lot more in common than we think. In this format, people would be able to listen in on examples that prove that we are fundamentally the same regardless of skin color, religion, politics or other beliefs. We all have basic concerns that include security, welfare, health, happiness, comfort and prosperity.

I also wanted to showcase examples of how expats, who maybe living and working inside nations that are very unlike their own, interact with the people of their host nation and how they were able to have open and objective dialogue (with the local people). In the end, these interactions assisted in building or regaining mutual respect.

We live in a world where we are more interconnected than ever. Nations are less limited by their physical boundaries. They are only limited by the amount of creative freedoms and ambitions their people are allowed to possess and display. Today’s innovative advancements are the direct results of the globalization of shared knowledge among people from different backgrounds, nations and cultures. Many live under different political regimes and are of different lifestyles and religious beliefs. This type of open exchange has allowed mankind to expand its knowledge exponentially.

Unfortunately today, even in developed democratic nations, we are finding people who are willing to isolate themselves, sometimes by any means necessary, from people who they perceive as dangerous outsiders. They fear that these so-called “outsiders” have taken away and are destroying their livelihood. People harboring beliefs like this look to employ or elect representatives that they feel would uphold these types of beliefs at a national level in the hope of gaining some social, political and economic protections.

Today, the question people in these nations need to ask themselves is, how far are they willing to allow their need of protection from people who they view as dangerous outsiders to go? Would these people encourage and allow their elected representatives to expel, mass-incarcerate or otherwise vastly impede on the civil rights of the people they “fear”? Is this the world we want to live in today?

When we give ourselves the opportunity to embrace and interact with people from other cultures, we actually change our mindset which allows us to know even more about ourselves and, at the same time, what other people are really like regardless of the seas, rivers and WALLS that may be separating us.

When people of different nations are deprived or blocked from accessing the tools needed to learn more about people who aren’t like them, distrust deepens, hardens and becomes more even more internally engraved within their culture at all levels.

Over the past, up to now 50+ podcast episodes, I have come to the belief that the platform I created really isn’t just only for people who are or may only be thinking about living abroad. The podcast has turned into a cultural portal where listeners can observe life overseas and learn more about cross-cultural communications and interactions.

Let’s face it, most of the fears people from different nations have against people who aren’t like them come from sources that have the simple goal of keeping us separated and ignorant of each other. This type of underlining agenda and motive isn’t beneficial for developing or fostering cross cultural communications and exchanges. I am working to make the website and podcast a gateway that can help lower some of the fears, insecurities and apprehensions people from different cultures and nations may have towards one another.

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14. 4S1F52 Don't Let The First Three Months Dictate Your Experience
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Living as an expat can sometimes be like riding a rollercoaster in a thunderstorm. Sometimes things appear like they are going for a positive up swing an sometimes the swing runs out of inertia and head straight to the bottom. The same thing can be said for life in one’s home nation. However, riding the cultural wave as an expat takes a very different approach to facing fears, filtering doubts and finding of positive conclusion.

Our guest this episode is Ms. Jasliyn Albert. Jasliyn is an American expat living in Ufa, Russia. Hear how this expat’s experience helped her to become stronger after facing issue after issue in a location over an hour flight outside of Moscow. Hear how Jasliyn managed to overcome her shyness that allowed her to face doubts when being confronted at her job as an English language instructor.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Website: Coffee and Cleveland

From Jasliyn’s blog “ Coffee and Cleveland”:

I am an American expat living in Russia. When I’m not teaching English or trying to master the Russian language I am taking photos of old buildings, graffiti, or abandoned places. Want to know more? Read about it here. You can follow along with my book list here. If you still want more you can follow my bucket link.

Contact Jasliyn on her Contact Page.

Facebook: Coffee and Cleveland

Twitter: Follow @jasilynalbert

Instagram: jasilynalbert

Pinterest: jasilynalbert

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15. 4S1F51 About Russia Without the BS
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In this episode, American expat Jim Kovpak joins us from Moscow, Russia. Jim has been living in Moscow for over ten years and goes into how he became attracted to Russia at an early age.

Today Jim is a very active expat journalist who has covered stories for many international news agencies. While living and working in Russia, Jim and a friend noticed the false reality presented in the media about Russia and the lives of its people. Because of this, Jim and his friend created the website Russia Without BS. His blog centers on what Russia is really like without bias media opinions. His blog has a faithful following of readers who are well versed in Russian history and culture.

In this interview, Jim not only explains what is behind some of the misalignments in Russian reporting, but also goes into some of the reasons why many media pundits in the West have developed an unrealistic view of Russia and its diverse people.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Website: Russia Without BS

Facebook: Russia Without BS

Twitter: Follow @RussiawithoutBS

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16. 4S1F50 Expat Visits: Resetting Relationships
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People choose to go and live overseas for many different reasons. In the beginning, some people may have gone overseas to further their education, search for financial opportunities, seek romance or to simply search for adventure. The desire to travel overseas can come from variety of different sources. The desire to travel abroad may come from someone we admire, a book we may have read or even a movie we may have seen. So as you see, the reasons are countless and sometimes can be left to the imagination. For some, the search for something missing in their current lives maybe the reason they look and travel abroad.

In this episode, I would like to talk about the times when an expat returns to their home nation for short visits; like for a vacation or for attending a family event like a wedding or funeral. We are not talking about repatriation, which is when a person returns, more or less, permanently to the nation of their citizenship.

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17. 4S1F49 Does an Expat Have The Right to Take Part In Local Protests?
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An expat may never be fully intergraded or accepted into all parts of a host nation. There will always be a far side of a host nation that an expat may never be allowed to reach and this is something that may just have to be accepted. The reasons for this may frankly be the way an expat converses with citizens, habits displayed or simply the way a particular expat looks.

Local citizens aren’t under any obligation to completely accept an expat as one of their own. The only thing an expat can do, as a human being, is to strengthen the personal relationships he or she has built within their host nation.

Many national constitutions make it a clear point that in legal disputes between a foreign national and a citizen of their nation, any decision made must place their citizen’s rights as having priority over foreign national’s at all levels in any litigation.

Sovereign nations retain the right to expel any foreign national deemed as disrupting the political affairs of their country. Expats taking part in local civil disobedience within a host nation is a sensitive issue. If expats do take it upon themselves to take part in protests or civil actions in their residing nation, they must be fully aware and understand the consequences of their actions.

RELATED LINKS TO THIS EPISODE:

Article: As an Expat, is it my Place to Join Another Country's Political Protest?

Article: Should Expats and International Students Participate in the Protests?

Article: Why as Foreign People Allowed to Participate in Political Movement in Hong Kong?

Article: British Expats Take to the Streets in Spain to Protest Against Plans to Bulldoze Their Illegally Built Homes

Article: Expats in Penang Protest Against a High Rise Paln on a Tiny Plot of Land

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18. 4S1F48 Expat Mom From The City of Lights Raising Children Abroad
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In this episode we are having a wonderful chat with Pakistani expat Shehar Bano Rizvi (A name that James easily mispronounces.) who, at the time of this interview, has been living in Doha, Qatar for 13 years. Shehar is raising three children in her adopted home and shares how her little ones are adapting to a life that is constantly being in a mix of different languages, faces and cultures. Learn why Shehar sees this fact as a strong asset to her children’s personal development. She goes into why she decided to not return to her high paced job in Doha to stay at home with her little ones. Also, hear how she and her husband are keeping their three young children connected with the culture and language of their home nation.

Shehar wasn’t always upbeat about her life in Qatar after spending most of her life in Karachi, Pakistan, also known as the City of Lights, until the age of 13. Listen to how, after coming to Qatar as a Certified Project Management Professional, homesickness crawled into her life. Take a peek at how she worked her way into and integrated into her overseas environment. Hear how she uses her extensive blog postings to express life as an expat mother raising young children.

Find out who should be a candidate for the Urdu police.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Website: Diary of a PMP Mom

Article: Qatar and Me

Article: From My Kicthen

Facebook: Diary of a PMP Mom

Twitter: Follow @diaryofaPMPmom

Youtube: Diary of a PMP Mom

Some of Shehar's Memorable Quotes:

(05:47 mins.) "Do you get Burger King there?"

(11:03 mins.) "After about six months I started to get depressed."

(12:10 mins.) "I couldn't cook."

(00:00 mins.) "Unless the she learns to speak the language, we are not.... "

(24:44 mins.) "Ask daddy."

(28:43mins.) "Why aren't celebrating Christmas? "

(31:25 mins.)"..but deep down they're all her friends."

(37:30 mins.) "Having that ability to adapt is the key to living abroad."

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19. 4S1F47 You Regret The Things That You Don't Do More Than The Things That You Do
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In this episode, we chat in the Marilyn Monroe suite with Angela Carson. Angela is an American expat from Southern California who has travelled all over the globe to over 33 different countries looking for adventure (I said "adventure" not trouble! [smile]). Angela has not only managed to travel the world and commit to an exciting career as an accomplished travel blogger (Boy! Am I jealous! [wink!]), but also raise, as a single parent I may add, a wonderful daughter. Find out what Angela's daughter considers the best thing that has ever happened to her. What is it that she discovered? What is it that she learnt?

Listen to how Angela got the travel bug at an early age and avoided many obstacles along the way. She explains further how she took some terrible ideals and made the best of the experience.

Find out why I call Angela the female "Rambo"!

Memorable Quotes:

(04:52 mins.) "I was attacked by bandits on a mountain road."

(07:02 mins.) "You regret the things that you don't do more than the things that you do."

(08:30 mins.) "That's not really how I work"

(12:22 mins.) "Oh yeah, I really don't roll that way"

(15:10 mins.) "I had shoulder pads and everything...purple leggings."

(16:35 mins.) "We sat down on the sofa. We open up Google Maps and I said "Okay, where do we want to live?"

(27:50 mins.) "Sounds stupid want to say it out loud sometimes, but because he was such a jackxxs..."

(31:12 mins.) "We went from being in Barcelona...where we cared about labels... we cared about being cool, looking pretty, all those thingsto moving to India and... where you had to cover up."

(32:10 mins.) "When she was leaving...Peace of mind on her back shoulder."

(32:52 mins.) "Really? ...and she said "It's the best thing that eever happened to me."

(36:37 mins.) "There is so much to learn about the world and ourselves by stepping outside our doors."

(38:00 mins.) "If you're happy first as a parent, as a woman or man, then you'll bring happiness to your children."

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Website: Expat Angela

Article: I’ve Never Been More Embarrassed To Be American: By California Expat Living in Muslim Country

Website: Angela's Bangalore

Website: Luxury Bucketlist

Facebook: ExpatAngela

Twitter: Follow @ExpatAngela

Youtube: Angela's Adventures (Angela Carson-ExpatTravel)

Instagram: expatangela

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20. 4S1F46 To Be Smarter Than I was Yesterday
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In this episode, we have American-expat Drey Gibson who is, at the time of this episode, living in Germany. He is also an expat guest with a military background. Drey is from a place in the U.S. where people from his small town, at the time of his service in the U.S. military, had limited access to information regarding traveling and living overseas.

Drey is an engaging speaker who goes into how he coped with life overseas while in the military. It is easy to hear that his clear and positive state of mind helped him enjoy life abroad. He mentions how being overseas with his fellow soldiers in the late 1990’s is a factor that keeps them united even to this day. He also states clearly that going abroad and interacting with the local people directly changed his perspective of the world and its people.

With a background in media, Drey is now working in the education field. He and his German wife, have three wonderful children with very different and unique personalities. He points out that, partly because of his military postings, he is pleased that his children were able to travel with him to different countries and be exposed to different cultures.

Drey is also the host of the secular interview podcast.

Another Atheist Podcast

Our guest is a strong believer that expats have a responsibility to share their experiences with those who, for various reasons, aren’t able to travel. He feels it’s important for expats to plant seeds in the minds of people in their hometown or nation that encourages them to travel abroad to see and learn about the world. Maybe by doing so, people will see at a personal level how much they really are alike.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Twitter:

Website: Another Atheist Podcast

Facebook: Another Atheist Podcast Page

Some of Drey’s memorable quotes:

(13:08 mins.) "Coming here changed my perpective."

(16:33 mins.) "Why do you stay in touch with them?"

(17:14 mins) "We called ourselves "113"."

(22:10 mins.) "They thought that all black people drove around in Cadillacs"

(27:18 mins.) "I stay positive for one."

(30:57 mins.) "Yeh, but none of that of what you just said is true."

(42:15 mins) "We are looking at the election in a different manner."

(48:15 mins) "I stride to be a good human being."

(49:40 mins.) “It’s our duty to ... try to relate our experiences with other people.”

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21. 4S1F45 Embrace things and teach your kids to do that too
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In our efforts to further understand the expat experience while raising children abroad, we are lucky this episode to gain further insights into the topic with our guest and fellow podcaster, Ms. Jennifer Langkjaer. Jennifer is an American expat currently living in Switzerland near Zurich.

Jennifer briefly talks about how her children kept up with pop-culture in the US and the type of education her children are getting in Switzerland as opposed to what they may need upon returning to the United States. She also talks about how important it is to try to learn to communicate in the local language. She mentions one experience when she had to use the local language which later made her proud. At the moment of this interview, Jennifer is connecting to us during a semester stay in Houston Texas.

Some of Jennifer’s memorable quotes. Find out why they were said:

(05:45 mins.) “The things that you thought you were going to have access to aren’t the things that you actually have access to.”

(07:00 mins.) “A case of you don’t know what you don’t know.”

(09:00 mins.) “Everything that is just a normal easy part of everyday living becomes much harder becasue …”

(19:58 mins.) “There’s nobody falling into employment in Switzerland.”

(28:31 mins.) “If you can’t fit in were you’re living, you won’t make it to be a long-term expat.”

(31:36 mins.) “Never compare because you will always find something coming up short.”

(31:56 mins.) “…not reject your home culture unless …”

(32:18 mins.) “If you’re living as an expat, then it’s important to embrace things from home and things from the host and teach your kids to do that too.”

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Website: Parenting Abroad

Facebook: Parenting Abroad

Facebook: Americans Parenting Abroad (The American Schoolhouse)

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22. 4S1F44 People Need to be Treated as People
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Recently, I have been receiving email from listeners across Facebook and Twitter about covering the topic of parenting overseas. So over the next few weeks, I will be trying to deliver more information about the nuances of parenting as an expat abroad. I will also try to gather information from a variety of expats located in different parts of the world and focus on the commonalities of trying to raise children outside of their passport nation. So beginning in this episode we sit down for a chat with an American expat from Michigan, now living in Abu Dhabi, Ms. Liz Tracy.

Liz has taken to the road abroad with her cute seven-year-old daughter who isn’t having any problem adapting to the expat experience. In fact, Liz’s little doll has been traveling since she was six months old! As a result, she has become used to hearing different languages, observing different cultures and meeting people of all colors, shapes and sizes. In her young innocent eyes, she is just seeing people for what they really are….just simply ”people”.

At the time of this episode, Liz, who is a teacher with a degree in anthropology, has been living in Abu Dhabi with her daughter for four years and she doesn’t miss anything about the snow people back in her hometown get in Michigan.

- Running helps Liz unwind.

- Find out what is the “A” word in Liz’s home because somebody has to be one.

Some of Liz’s quotes:

26:25 mins. “Sometimes you just need to cry and that’s okay.”

26:27 mins. “Sometimes you just need to eat a pound of chocolate and that’s okay.”

26:40 mins. “We can have a break now and that’s okay as long as we pick up the pieces and stand back up.”

27:30 mins. “When you say “yes” to everything, it gets expensive.”

31:13 mins. “I became parent so that I can parent. Whether it’s good or bad, that’s what I chose to do.”

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Website: Liz’s website: http://www.liztracywriting.com

Twitter: Follow @liztracywriting

LinkedIn: Liz Tracy Writing

Facebook: Liz Tracy Writing

Instagram: Liz Tracy Writing

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23. 4S1F43 People are still people no matter how different the cultures
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In this episode, I’m talking to American expat, part-time musician with a voice that any radio announcer would dream of having, Mr. Jim Santos. Jim is a retired network engineer from the DC area someplace near Chesapeake Bay and is connecting to us from Ecuador. I found Jim from one of his articles posted on the Wall Street Journal website.

From his overseas vantage point, Jim uses a direct and, at times, strategic humorous point of view to highlight the events currently going on in the US.

He talks about unfortunate events brought him and his wife together and to life in Ecuador. Jim points out that there is a big difference between vacationing somewhere and living abroad. For Jim and his wife home is anywhere they are together and happy.

In this interview, Jim honestly lays out what he notices from the events taking place in his home nation. I really appreciate he’s straightforward and honest opinions.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Jim words of wisdom while living as an expat:

(05:04) “I give good phone.”

(07:08) “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

(07:54) “Home is just where we are together and happy.”

(08:25) “Your place doesn’t matter as much as where you are inside matters.”

(13:14) “People are still people no matter how different the culture is.”

(13:47) Jim talks about the two common complaints American expats mention while living abroad.

(14:24) “Mañana” doesn’t mean tomorrow. It means not right now, not today.”

(14:54) “It’s the time you spend with people that is important not to time as it is measured on your clock or on your calendar.”

(29:26) “You don’t run away from something to enjoy yourself.”

(30:30) "Reminds me of the George Wallace campaign."

Jim's powerful blog posts

Website: Jim’s informative blog: Jimsantosblog.com

Article Make America Hate Again

Article: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Article: Do You Believe in Forever?

Article: Masters of Distraction

Additional links of interest:

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24. 4S1F42 Fear: The Main Ingredient in Cultural Intolerance
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I truly believe every single person on Earth has the ability to show compassion towards their fellow human beings regardless of the many countless obstacles. In my podcast, Four Seas One Family, I frantically try to construct cultural bridges to shorten the distance between common beliefs and mutual concerns.

Global events displayed daily on our televisions, read in newspapers and on-line causes us to develop a pessimistic view of the world. The large numbers of innocent people suffering and dying for causes they may not even care about or understand casts a negative view of the world that is being passed on to our children and future generations. This, in turn, is causing them to become suspicious, lose faith, feel insecure and, in the end, hopeless about their future.

The side-effects of these feelings, situations and unfortunate events is a state of heightened fear that becomes multiplied over time. This constant state of fear affects everyone regardless of their location or social political status. Fear has taken on the effects of a wide spread disease and effects us all on multiple levels that aren't easy to detect. The physiological signs of fear can be quickly and easily observed within our communities. However, the signs of psychological fear isn't that easily detected and monitored. Today, it is easily seen that fear is a leading stimulus in the creation of many national policies and practices. And sadly, many of these policies and practices are causing harm to people who don't possess financial and political power. Many of these policies discriminate against people of color, different political ideologies, sexual orientation and religious views. Fear is not benign.

Fears are also directly responsible for the rise of social evangelists and politicians who propagate these fears to those who feel that they are losing control of their political power, wealth, social status and freedoms. So, in an attempt to protect their way of life, those with the power and wealth that harbor these fears look for and develop legislative means to protect themselves from, what they perceive as, the types of people threatening their (social, political, religious and financial) existence. Rules and regulations are made and amended to separate themselves at all levels from the offending group or groups.

Many of you may think that I'm only talking about the recent events now taking place in the United States or other Western nations. On the contrary, I want it to also be known that these same types of social suppressions can be observed in nations that have lesser global political and financial influences. Even in nations like these, national and local law enforcement agencies are given the powers to suppress opposition by threatening, incarcerating, physically punishing and, in some cases, killing those who refuse to abide by the limitations placed upon them or just about anyone who is perceived as a threat to the privileged ruling class.

Believe me when I say that I’ve been promoting the expat experience as a way to share, celebrate and benefit from the unique differences and commonalities of the many cultures of the world. By inviting people to come on the podcast and share their overseas experiences, other people from different parts of the world looking to experience life abroad may find a reason to tune in and learn that there isn't always a reason to challenge differences. I hope that they become curious about seeing other parts of the world and look forward to experiencing different cultures and learning other languages and be exposed to people who have different backgrounds, beliefs, politics and religions.

I do this podcast with the hope that by giving people a bit of audio exposure to the experiences of other people who have lived in difference parts of the world and within different cultures that they themselves would desire to make plans to explore similar paths. This would lower the "fear factor" that have developed and extinguish misunderstandings before they set in and become a problem. It is a fact that when people experience life and living outside their home nation they develop a more global understanding of the world because they can at a personal level understand that we all have more in common than we think. Collectively, people need to accept differences for what they simply are instead of seeing differences as attacks on everything they feel they must protect at all costs.

Now, let's have a wake up moment. It may sound depressing but let's be real. Differences do exist between people and let's face it that some people will never be able to learn to or accept living peacefully with others. Some will even try to cause harm to those who aren't like them or hold their personal beliefs and this is unfortunate. The goal should be to foster a course of understanding and a line of communication with respect. There are many things that prevent people from getting along and things like greed and ideology can get in the way. Sure, there are people (from all walks of life and cultures) who want to purposely cause harm and install reasons to fear and hate another group of people. They want to keep people from different backgrounds, beliefs and cultures separated so they can't find a common ground of communication, but thankfully they aren't in the majority. The truth is, most people would rather live in peace.

However, today I would like to make a comparison between a few events that have taken place in the United States and in Great Britain. Both nations are going through a systematic and problematic crisis that is causing serious conflicts among it's citizens. Also, and unfortunately, both nations have a long history of issues related to the human rights of minorities within their borders. In the US, the numbers of African Americans dying at the hands of the police, who are sworn to serve and protect American citizens, has sky rocketed in numbers beyond recent memory.

Both the police and the citizens are afraid and this is an obstacle for open and honest discussions between the two. The US has been the world leader in many aspects of living standards. However, today because of the relatively easy access to guns, the US has become a leader in mass public shootings by criminals and the mentally unsound.

At times it appears that there is an international gag order placed on open discussion of certain issues and this is the same as placing your head in a hole in the ground.

Fear and prejudices can even be found in financial policies and practices that some have towards members of minority communities that are seen as a threat to the financially connected and politically empowered.

The U.S. and the U.K. aren't the only nations that are displaying signs of intolerance within their borders. Nations like Brazil and India, nations that aren't often a headliner in western main stream media, are also nations facing incidents of intolerance. People are being killed in these nations for having a different sexual orientation and more women are reporting being raped at alarming levels and, in some cases, just disappearing.

My little podcasting platform will not change the world on a major level but it can help create some dialog and raise awareness that we all have to face in our "home nations". I also hope that fellow expats bring some of their experiences back home to share and maybe at lease some people we interact with will try to see our differences as an opportunity to learn more about one another. TOPICS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Brazil Must Resist Rising Wave Of Violence And Intolerance

8 Incidents That Show How "Intolerance" Became The Word Of The Year In India In 2015

Overcoming Indian's Official Homophobia

U.S. Leads World in Mass Shootings

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us

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25. 4S1F41 You Should Live Where You're Treated Well
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In this episode we have a fellow podcaster from Kansas City who is now living as an expat in Belize on the island of Caye Caulker. A person of action, Robert Harper, explains how he has changed his philosophy about life and managed to arrange a lifestyle that allows him to work remotely and experience living abroad with his extended family which includes two wonderful young grandchildren. Robert shares why he feels supplying his grandchildren with supplementary remote educational resources will help them develop a more overall competitive educational advantage.

He also explains what he doesn't miss about life in the U.S. and why he doesn't think he will own land to live on again. This maybe because of how his nomadic lifestyle suits the life he and his family have chosen to enjoy.

He also points out, that as an expat, it is important to get out and learn about the surroundings and it's people. Listen to what Robert learnt from a local Belizean businesswoman about the connection Belize once had with the slave trade in the U.S.. Most importantly, Robert also explains why people in his home nation have to stop being afraid and explore the outside world.

**Some of Robert's quotes**:

7:50 mins.

"There is a saying on Caye Caulker. You're on Belizean time. Mañana doesn't mean tomorrow. It could mean next week."

9:56 mins.

"I don't know if we'll ever again own a place in any country"

16:20 mins.

"After the Civil War in the US, a number of plantation owners moved to South Belize and stopped growing cotton and started growing sugarcane and transfer their slaves."

20:20 mins.

"Our experience is the first question asked by anybody in the State is: Aren't you afraid?"

21:10 mins.

"Yes, we are going to be safe but we're not going to be in a bubble."

23:35 mins.

"In today's world, you should live where you're treated well."

35:00 mins.

About thinking about living life abroad: "Take action. Stop thinking about doing this because no matter where you are in your life you'll never have as much money as you think you should (have) to be able to do this."

35:47 mins.

"Just because you (have) decided to do this doesn't mean you'll have to do this forever."

Click here for Robert's Belize hospital experience. Robert get's a lot of questions from family and friends back home. He is trying to get them to explore the world and see what it has to offer. He often gets asked questions like:

Another, and more serious, question Robert often gets is:

"What will you do if you get sick?"

Life abroad isn't always as cool as it looks like in the movies. Normal things happen while living abroad. Robert writes about what he went through to get medical care for his wife in Belize in a blog post. He notes that it's affordable to get sick in Belize. Medical care in the US can carry a heavy cost and place a burden on people and their families. Other countries have health care is just as good or better than the health care in the U.S. and that shouldn't be a surprise.

One mind blowing thing Robert said during the interview was that in Belize, AFTER seeking medical care, he is able to sit down and chat with his doctor for forty-five minutes just to talk about general things. What! Forty-five minutes on the doctors time! Unlike in the US where, if you're lucky, 15 minutes maximum is the norm.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

As mentioned, Robert is also a podcaster. Robert co-host the podcast Roaming Start Up. Roaming Start Up in the past focused on crowd funding. In the future, the show will refocus an cover digital nomadic lifestyles.

Robert's podcast Roaming Start Up can be found HERE!

Click here for Robert's Belize hospital experience.

Click here to learn about Belize's connection to the slave trade (Global Black History).

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26. 4S1F40: What has become normal is fascinating again
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Many people find their life path at unexpected times and in bewildering situations. Sometimes, people find themselves “evacuating” a certain life situation to search for another purpose. In this episode we are happy to sit down for a chat with American expat Andrea Whitaker. Andrea is very energetic so she doesn’t just sit around waiting for adventure to somehow find her. She bravely goes out on her scooter and not only looks for adventure, but hunts for it. Andrea has left over 25 years in the world of aviation and has been all over the globe learning about different cultures and lifestyles.

Today, Andrea is an English teacher in Taiwan’s technology center, Hsinchu, which is a little over 40 minutes south of the capital, Taipei. Also, she’s an affluent blogger. On her blog, she writes about her expat adventures and breathtaking discoveries.

In this episode, Andrea talks about how she is extracting quality out of her expat experiences. She mentions how her relationships with her adult students are helping her get an even deeper knowledge of Taiwan and its people. All in all, while moving at the speed of light, she keeps a positive outlook on living life abroad.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Andrea Whitaker's blog: Andi on Adventure

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27. 4S1F39 Lower your expectations so that you can get the results that you want
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Join us this episode as our host, James Thomas, sits down for a chat with Zambian-Canadian expat-entrepreneur Mr. Rico Ngoma. Tune in and listen to what lead Mr. Ngoma to learn more about China and what gave him the spark to finally move to China and start a business in the southern ever-moving Chinese city of Guangzhou. As Rico’s parents are also deeply involved in business, it maybe fair to say that doing business is in Rico’s DNA.

Rico followed the road many expats take while living abroad and draws some interesting comparisons between doing business and living a normal life in China that may sound confusing to anyone upon their first encounter. Rico is and open-minded individual and shows how understanding the history of a people can help an expat except, survive and understand their life in their overseas location.

Rico’s direct comments offers valuable insights into the life of an expat businessman navigating the bumpy business roads in China.

Rico explains: “…China is not a big Walmart where you can go to an aisle and get want you want…”

and

On his Made in China Podcast, Rico explains what is a “China Day”.

His experiences in China have also become valuable assets in the creation of his podcast that you can find in iTunes: Made in China Podcast.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

www.sourcefindasia.com - Source Find Asia is my product manufacturing consulting company based in Guangzhou. We source high quality suppliers for clients, manage mass production orders, QC, shipping & logistics etc. Our clients range from e-commerce like Amazon FBA sellers or large software companies transitioning into physical products.

www.enterchina.co - Is a private (paid) online mastermind community with 150 members. We focus on manufacturing in China; our members have raised over $2 million from crowd funding campaigns using the methods developed in the community.

Additional links of interest:

4S1F34 Ian Mote: From Chicken Feet to Crystal Baths

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28. 4S1F38 Accept In Your Mind That You Can Do It
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Today, I am happy to have new dad, podcaster and entrepreneur Mr. Michael Michelini on the show. Michael is not only a new dad of two wonderful children; he is also a podcaster with two shows to look after! A top of all of this, Michael is also a business consultant for overseas companies looking to manufacture products in China. Michael’s consulting business, along with its website and other businesses, specializes in helping individuals and overseas companies understand how to do business in China. Michael has a long list of people and companies he has helped over the years to solve business issues related to China’s complex business maze.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Websites and Podcasts

Website and Podcast: Global From Asia

Website and Podcast: China Business Cast

Website: Mike's Personal Blog

On-line Entrepreneur Community

Website: Enter China

Book

Website: The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson

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29. 4S1F37 Taking a Leap of Faith
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It is no secret that taking a leap of faith of any kind can lead to many important transitions in anyone’s life, which can help a person further develop him or herself as a part of the human race. In this episode, James is joined in his downtown office studio in Taipei with Mr. Johnny Fountain who currently works for a major global computer manufacturer with offices in Asia. Johnny is now based in Taipei, Taiwan and he joins us in this episode to talk about his experiences that lead to his life abroad. He talks about how he took a leap of faith and looks forward to life beyond the safety net he had at home.

Johnny, from a little town in Georgia, mentions some similarities he has discovered between food and culture. Most importantly, Johnny shares how he learned to get involved with the local culture, which opened a gateway for him to make friends and take part in many local events. His experiences have offered him a better understanding of the local people within his environment. Join us as we take a look from a different perspective from someone who eagerly looks forward to his life abroad.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Taipei, Taiwan

Georgia Tech

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30. 4S1F36 Make People Understand That They are Heard and Understood
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Teaching is a tool to help make this world a better place for everyone and today I am very lucky to have Mr. Barry Mernin on the show this episode. Mr. Mernin is a lifelong elementary educator. Before teaching overseas, Mr. Mernin spent 12 years teaching in the US. Now, at the time of this episode, Mr. Mernin has spent the past fifteen years teaching in Singapore, Japan, Jordan and Hong Kong. He is currently a teaching administrator at Hokkaido International School- Niseko, Japan.

Mr. Mernin’s professional mission statement is: “ I will provide a wholesome and upbeat environment for any and all students to succeed. I will teach students to learn to be content. I will demand that students care for the world around them as well as themselves. I will remember what it is like to be a child.”

Mr. Mernin has a master’s degree in Mathematics and has attended summer workshops with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, directed by Lucy Calkins. Mr. Mernin has also obtained a leadership certificate from the Principal’s Training Center for International Educators. This interview touched me and I see why Mr. Mernin is really a professional educator who values lifelong learning and is constantly enhancing his craft.

ABOUT GUEST::

Name: Barry Mernin

Home nation: USA

Current location: Niseko, Japan

Mr. Mernin’s personal were he writes about teaching and living overseas:

Expat Teacher Man : https://expatteacherman.com

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Hokkaido International School: http://home.his.ac.jp/niseko/

Hokkaido International School NISEKO12 Aza Fujimi

Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun

Japan 048-1501

How To Contact Us

Email: his.niseko@his.ac.jp

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31. 4S1F35 The Expat's Approach to Assimilation and Humility in Learning about a Ho
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In this episode James and Jon Dunning sit down for a chat about the different types of expats that adventure beyond their nations borders to experience life and for what reasons. Expats view their overseas life experience in many ways and in this podcast learn about the make up of a few of them.

The expat's approach to assimilation and humility in learning about a host country's culture, balancing birth/host country cultures, are we conquerors, escapees or explorers?

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

CONQUEROR, EXPLORER, ESCAPEE, NOMAD (BY-LIFESTYLE)

Other possible types of expats:

Student / Ex-student

Job /Career recruit

Traveling spouse

Idealist or Romantic

New Lifestyle

Backpacker

As of 2015: Examples of global migration:

Source: International Organization for Migration

United States

Outward migration from United States of America: 2,994,925.

In 2015, 0.92% of all citizens of United States of America lived outside their country of origin.

Inward migration to United States of America: 46,627,102.

In 2015, the immigrant population of United States of America was 14.49% of total resident population.

United Kingdom

Outward migration from United Kingdom: 4,911,334.

In 2015, 7.05% of all citizens of United Kingdom lived outside their country of origin.

UK: Inward migration to United Kingdom: 8,543,120.

In 2015, the immigrant population of United Kingdom was 13.20% of total resident population.

Five Countries that have the highest percentage of expats

Website: (2015) Going Global

Expat populations follows the money:

- Some with very high turnover rates

- Expat population is higher than the local population

Examples of countries that have the highest percentage of expats

Qatar Over 70% of Qatar's population is expat. In 2014, out of Qatar's 1.8 million, only 278,000 are locals. That means about 1.5 million were expats.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE has a population of 9.2 million but only about 1.4 million are locals. The rest are expats which number nearly 8 million. Meaning over 80% of the population are expats.

Kuwait: Kuwait has a total population of 4.1 million, of which only 1.2 million are Kuwaiti nationals. The remaining 2.8 million, who make up 70% of the population, are expats.

Singapore

Singapore has a population of around five and a half (5.5) million people. About 40% are long-term permanent or expat residents

About: Jon Dunning

Host of NewZealand Pocket Radio NewZealand Pocket Radio NewZealand Pocket Radio

Website: NewZealand Pocket Radio

Hear Jon's Four Seas One Family interview.

Over the years, Jon has worked as an actor - and a lifeguard and bike messenger in the long gaps between acting jobs. After starting and growing a small business, he has spent most of his career improving service delivery, customer experience and staff development for organizations on three continents.

Working in local government in New Zealand, he blends his leadership, facilitation and coaching skills with design thinking, process improvement and capability-building to create engaged teams, better services and happier customers.

As a coach, Jon combines his passion for helping other grow with his experience in business and community work to coach those who seek to explore their full potential.

Away from work, Jon enjoys reading, writing and podcasting on a quiet rural smallholding in New Zealand's South Kaipara.

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32. 4S1F34 Ian Mote: From Chicken Feet to Crystal Baths
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We have expat author Ian Mote on the show to share his expat experience and how and why he decided to write a memoir of his life in China in his comically titled book "From Chicken Feet to Crystal Baths". As a youngster from London and while traveling from country to country with his parents, Ian may have picked up an expat gene along the way.

As of this podcast, Ian has lived as a expat for over 14 years. He has lived 4 years in Hong Kong, 3 years in Dubai and over 7 years in Shanghai, China. Ian chats about how he got hooked on being an expat. However, in this interview, we centre on the making of his unique book that encircles his interactions as a commercial banker and communications with people in China.

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 472 pages | ISBN 9781504903950

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 472 pages | ISBN 9781504903943

E-Book | 472 pages | ISBN 9781504903967

Available at Amazon

Website: From Chicken Feet to Crystals Baths

From the Author: Ian Mote:

I have always loved to travel. Right from the time I went around the world as a baby in my parents’ arms, travelling has been in my blood.

Growing up in London, as I grew older I started looking at longer-term trips away from the UK. Aged eighteen, I took the obligatory gap year, when I spent six months on a school exchange program in rural Kansas, experiencing American life that I had only before seen on television or in films. It made me realise that maybe there was more out there in the world to understand, see, and experience.

I went to Hong Kong for the first time in 1990 and then again in 1995. The 1995 trip also featured my first tentative steps onto mainland Chinese soil. Despite a chronic case of food poisoning spoiling my view somewhat, even then I found China fascinating. What a different world from suburban London.

In 2002 I moved permanently to Hong Kong and lived there for four frenetic years. That time included regular trips into all different parts of China, and from those trips, these stories started. I had an intermission from China when I moved to Dubai in 2006, but in late 2008 I took the opportunity to return to Asia to live in Shanghai, where I remain to this day.



33. 4S1F33 Amanda Bate: The Black Expat Identity
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I’m very happy to have Ms. Amanda Bate as my guest on the podcast. Amanda was born in the US to Cameroonian parents and grew up in Africa. Amanda is also the founder of The Black Expat website. 

The Black Expat website spotlights collected black expat experiences that are directly related to a black expat’s survival while living abroad. Also, parts of the website talks about issues that relate to raising children abroad and, in particular issues related to what Third Culture Kids (TCKs) face while living abroad and upon touching down in the nation of their parents birth.

Currently Amanda lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she works in educational consulting as a director of a college access program that assist low income and underrepresented minority students regarding their postsecondary education plans. 

Amanda explains how she became an advocate of studying abroad and why she’s working to make studying abroad more accessible to minority students who normally wouldn’t even think about an educational experience beyond their nation’s border.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

The Black Expat: 

Website: http://www.theblackexpat.com

Twitter: @theblackexpat

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theblackexpat/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/BlackExpat/

Read The Wall Street Journal’s interview: A Voice For Global Nomads Of Color

Additional links of interest:

The Difference between Expats and Immigrants? It’s Passports, Not Race

‘Expat’ Under Fire: The Word is Not Racist, Argues a Global Nomad

Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

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Thank you for listening to Four Seas One Family. We are all the same and at the same time uniquely different!



34. 4S1F32 Give an expats point of view a fair listen
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EPISODE OVERVIEW:

In this episode, I go into a direction that has been on my mind ever since I decided to live permanently outside my nation of birth. I often find it hard to explain to friends and family back in the South Bronx the reasons why I chose to live abroad and face the challenges of living away from familiar faces, places and customs. I didn’t want to fall into the same, and often limited, life style most African-Americans with little or no financial backing often find themselves becoming a part of. Even with a college degree, I felt that I needed to obtain education from other sources to acquire full understanding of the world and, in turn, myself. I also wanted to cast-off the predicted social limits male African-Americans directly or indirectly become a participant of.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER:

I am a podcaster who does a podcast about the, mainly positive, aspects of living life abroad. I must say clearly that there are things that I see in my overseas environment that can upset me if I allow it. I understand that I’m really just a guest and I can’t make my host nation appeal to my western values. I don’t choose to carry negativity with me like a heavy bag of dirty laundry. So what gives?

For example, here in Asia, I’ve witnessed a level of cruelty to animals that burns my heart. In some nations, what I consider animal cruelty is just a means to make a living and feed people. Maybe, because of my western upbringing, I just have a super high level of affection for animals. On the other side of the coin, I have quality long-term friendships with people from very different cultures who frankly know little or nothing about me and don’t require that I offer anything in return. I have never been able to foster these kinds of relationships in my home nation. Now, hold on! Before you jump on me, this could simply be a problem of my own making or my way of creating a feeling that I wasn’t able to feel back home.

Maybe there’s some truth in stating that it’s just easier to accept the things you see as shameful in other countries and cultures than it is your own.

POINTS TO REMEMBER: 

I think an expat’s viewpoint can offer insights from a cultural awareness angle to people who are of the same or similar background as the expat. I am not saying, nor am I implying, that an expat’s point of view is superior to any other. Living within another culture isn’t as romantic as it may sound and expats have plenty of issues to face that can make them question their reasons for living abroad and many of these issues can cause an expat to pack up, return home and list their overseas journey as a failure.

 

For a long-term expat, there really isn’t an ending journey. People who are willing to fully engage in different ways of thinking and adjusting to new environments are in a constant state of transformation that brings with it a sense of accomplishment. This accomplishment shows that people have more in common with each other then they think. We just have to keep the doors open to share how similar we really are without overstating our differences.

TOPICS RELATED TO THE EPISODE:

This is how fascism comes to America

Why I’m Voting For Trump

China Points to Donald Trump to Prove Democracy Doesn’t Work

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THIS EPISODE!

Thank you very much for taking the time this week to share. 

If you have any feedback, please leave a note in the comments section below or leave a voice message via our SpeakPipe page. We would love to hear from you!

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Thank you for listening to Four Seas One Family. We are all the same and at the same time uniquely different!



35. 4S1F31 Tom Heberlein: More Choices and The Myth of Paying High Swedish Taxes.
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In this episode, we do some myth busting about the value ofpaying collective taxes. We see how an American expat learntto appreciate something about his host nation that would raiseeyebrows and receive loads of criticism back home. It is often veryhard for an expat to communicate the way other people in differentparts of the world are living and how the particular system theylive under would be of some good use elsewhere.

ABOUT GUEST: 

Tom Heberlein is a retired environmental sociologist professorfrom Wisconsin now living with his wife in Stockholm, Sweden. Tomexplains how he fell in love with Sweden. He also explains why themyth and mystery of paying high taxes in Sweden is misinterpretedbuy many Americans. Tom also takes the time to explain step-by-stepwhy logical and fair tax paying is better for the collectivecommunity.     

Six Reasons Why to appreciate SwedishTaxes: 

Swedish income taxes aren’t much higher than US taxes. Alsotaxes in Sweden provide universal medical and education.  Tax forms are simple. In fact, Swedish tax forms come alreadyfilled out! There is NO property tax. Sales taxes in Sweden are higher but far less noticeable andincluded in a sale. People who pay taxes in Sweden are given a cash return insteadof hard to calculate deductions. Slightly higher taxes in Sweden give tax payers more choicesand, in turn, freedoms.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

I’m anAmerican Living in  Sweden. Here’s why I came to embrace thehigher taxes.

Related Article:

Living in Switzerland ruined me for America and its lousy workculture.           

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THIS EPISODE!

Thank very much for taking the time this week toshare. 

If you have any feedback, please leave a note in the commentssection below or leave a voice message via our SpeakPipepage. We would love to hear from you!

If you enjoyed this please share it with your friends, familyand co-workers by using the social media buttons you see at thebottom of the post.

Please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic episodeupdates of our podcasts.

And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest reviewand rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to theranking of the show and I make it a point to read every single oneof the reviews we get.

Please help us spread the word and leave a review in iTunes byclicking here!

Thank you for listening to Four Seas One Family. We are all thesame and at the same time uniquely different!



36. 4S1F30 Expat Dilemmas
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Recently I’ve come across loads of articles stating the “Top #” of places to live as an expat. After a while, I’ve found these lists on the edge of becoming misleading and sometimes down right biased.

These “ Top #” lists point out the best nations to:

 Retire  / Start a new business  /  Work or Do business /  Get health care / Find a partner

Study or Do research  / Learn a new skill / Find romance /  Start a family /  Etc,……

I am finding that these oversimplified statements are lacking fully developed background information about the locations listed. I’m afraid, that this may cause some people to develop the wrong impression about an overseas location and make incorrect decisions about moving to a particular location.

As an expat you have to learn that no place is a perfect place. Expats should take the positive elements around them and developed a healthy relationship in their second home.  They have come to learn that there may be things in their new environment they don’t agree with or can change.

Please understand that Paradise doesn’t exist and your host nation is not obligated to change because of any personal conflicts you may be having.   

POINTS TO REMEMBER:

Please understand that Paradise doesn’t exist and your host nation is not obligated to change because of any personal conflicts you may be having. 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Saul Fleischmann (American in Japan): Rite Tag: http://www.ritetag.com

Anton Botes (South African in Taiwan): Show Reel: http://www.antonbotes.com

Christine Chang (Taiwanese living in Hong Kong)

FELLOW EXPAT PODCASTERS:

Stephen Penny: Host of the Tech Expats Podcast 

Jon Dunning: Host of the Big Nosed Ugly Guy podcast 

Jonathan Rollins: Co-Host of The Power Meeting Podcast 

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumr: Website: http://www.mohadoha.com

 

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THIS EPISODE!

Thank very much for taking the time this week to share. 

If you have any feedback, please leave a note in the comments section below or leave a voice message via our SpeakPipe page. We would love to hear from you!

If you enjoyed this please share it with your friends, family and co-workers by using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

Please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic episode updates of our podcasts.

And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get.

Please help us spread the word and leave a review in iTunes by clicking here!

Thank you for listening to Four Seas One Family. We are all the same and at the same time uniquely different!



37. 4S1F29 Jamar Whaley: Overcoming Socioeconomic Barriers to Help Promote Educational Exchanges Abroad
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In this info-packed episode, James sits down for a chat with fellow New Yorker, Jamar Whaley. Jamar shares his expat experience and talks about his observance on how people from low-socioeconomic classes are not offered or simply blocked from opportunities to study abroad and why this needs to be changed. Jamar often gives an emotional inter-personal perspective on his life abroad.



38. 4S1F28 There’s a Whole New World Out There
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In this episode, we chat with Ms. Clara Wiggins, a prolific blogger, writer and mother of two wonderful girls from the UK and now living in South Africa. Clara is a TCK (Third Culture Kid) and shares her expat experiences with us and offers up some tips for living life abroad. Clara talks about the challenges of raising and educating children in an environment unlike the one they come from. Also, she taps into issues accompanying spouses of different types face while trying to maintain their relationship. 

Clara is also the author of a book that I feel future and present-day expats should read called “The Expat Partner’s Survival Guide”. In her book, Clara opens up a pathway for understanding issues expats face while adapting to life overseas as well as explains some crisis an expat may face abroad.

Mentioned in this episode:

Expat Partner Survival:

https://expatpartnersurvival.com

Clara’s engaging handbook about living life as an expat:

https://expatpartnersurvival.com/buy-the-book/

Expat Partner Survival Guide on Amazon.

Please take time out to read Clara’s fact filled series about expat depression. Find out how to handle depression and where to look for help:

A Series on Expat Depression: Introduction

What’s it’s like being a same-sex expat partner



39. 4S1F27: Be brave and bold. Step out your comfort zone.
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Time really flies and people change. Hopefully people change in good ways and appreciate the things they have and the people around them. Sara Hong is a former student of mine. I first met Sara when she was a forth grader and now she’s working in the legal field in a country that is very unlike her own. Sara is in the city that never sleeps. Join us while we take a walk with Sara through events in her life abroad that at first confused and later amused her. Sara does all this while, at the same time, keeping a positive outlook on her expat life.

 With her energetic personality, Sara shares some of the steps she took to prepare for her life abroad. Tune in and hear how Sara is adapting to life in her new environment and the ways she has learnt to further her personal development and interactions with people.



40. 4S1F26: The Ups and Downs of a Long-Distance Relationship
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On this Valentines Day, James chats about the few steps couples can take to help their relationship apart stay afloat. It's not a secret that long-distance relationships can cause a lot of stress to partners and require that both partners be patient and  trust one another throughout.

The following are five tips to deal with the ups and downs of a long-distance relationship.

1. Have mutual positive feelings

2. Strong commitment

3. Have faith and trust

4. Communication

5. Be Mature

 



41. 4S1F25 Jon Dunning: Consciously contribute
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We often hear of or meet people who sacrifice many things for the betterment of others.

In this episode, we sit down for a heart warming chat with Mr. Jon Dunning, originally from London, England, now living in Auckland, New Zealand. Listen to how he and his wife looked abroad to make a better future for their family. Jon wholeheartedly shares his story about how his situation back in London, along with the contacts he made while working overseas, gave him the idea to look beyond borders for a new life experience. Despite some odds against them, learn about the situations his family had to face in order to stay together during their journey to a place they now call home. 

Jon touches on how he and his family learnt to become part of their new community. However, at the same time, he also eloquently touches on the fact that nowhere is perfect and that adjustments will always have to be made. While talking with Jon, I discovered that what he and his family went through shows how determined they had to be. His story shows that the willpower of a family can supersede all obstacles.

Jon is also a podcaster and you can find it at the following link:

http://bignoseduglyguy.com



42. 4S1F 24 Saul Fleischman : See the world. Visit it.
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Busy Philadelphia native and Penn State graduate, Mr. Saul Fleischman, connects to us from Osaka, Japan to share his expat experiences. Saul is a long-term expat in Japan, with over 22 plus years living there, and shares his story of how he ended up in the place he now calls home. Saul is a straight-talker and walks us through how he followed the typical road many expats take while searching for a purpose in their adopted environment. He describes how Japan left an impression on him during his early visits. However, he points out clearly, even with all it’s uniqueness, Japan can still be challenging.

Saul has a successful Internet business that he manages remotely.Rite Tag: The Social Media Marketing Toolkit: http://www.ritetag.com



43. 4S1F 23 Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar: Expat Dilemmas
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At the end of 2015, I had the opportunity to interview Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, a South Asian American Expat, now living and working in Doha. Mohana is a wonderful speaker and writer who gets to the point. She talks about how she and her two young children adapted to their host nation. Also, she sheds some light on the intricate interactions of the expat community where she lives. Besides being a wonderful writer, speaker and parent, Mohana is also a podcaster! This is why in the interview I called her “super woman”.



44. 4S1F22 Jonathan Rollins: Keep an Open Mind
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We are glad to have American expat Mr. Jonathan Rollins as a guest on the show. Now, living and working in Sweden, Jonathan is also married to a wonderful Swedish lady and they have a young little (1.5 year old) boy bouncing around the house. I learnt about Jonathan through a blog post he wrote about gun control in the US. His viewpoint of his home from abroad prompted me to track him down for a chat. As it turns out, Jonathan has an interesting story about how he ended up in Sweden and to top things off he is also a podcast co-host of a popular Swedish podcast! He podcasts in English mixed with Swedish! Very cool! And that’s not all! Jonathan is also a comedian! You just can’t get better than this! Join us for this memorable podcast!



45. 4S1F21 Avalon Owens: Spend time in a place where you are a minority
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An American expat from Harvard University studying Entomology in Taiwan, Avalon Owens (姜安蓉), joins us in a chat about how she ended up in Taiwan. Avalon has also spent time in Beijing and she explains the non-typical way she learned Mandarin Chinese. Avalon is full of energy and always delightful. Come hear what she has to say. I guarantee she’ll put a smile on your face.



46. 4S1F20 Anton Botes: If people want to make a change...
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We are very happy to have South African music designer Anton Botes on the show to share his experiences living abroad. He talks about why he decided to make the change from his established occupation in South Africa to a new life overseas. He also offers some special insight to his lifestyle abroad. 

Mentioned:

Show Reel: http://www.antonbotes.com

The Lab Space: https://www.facebook.com/labspacetw

 



47. 4S1F19 Things you should know before accepting employment overseas.
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Over the past few weeks, listeners have been writing to me asking about employment opportunities and conditions abroad and I found myself repeating the same advice over and over again. It looks like many people are to shy to leave a message on the website so I decided to create a podcast on the topic. Much like looking for employment in your home nation, there are basic questions that should be asked and be concerned about. However, simply because of the location and distances involved in overseas employment and assignments,  extra care and attention to detail must be given to the overall description, salary, benefits and others. All in all, working abroad can be a life changer for anyone accepting the challenge to step outside his or her home nation. It can help a person develop the skills necessary to function in an ever-expanding global marketplace. In this podcast I offer some tips to help those people looking for job opportunities overseas.



48. 4S1F18: Mark Goding: There’s a grain of truth in a lot of what some people (say) who criticise
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Mark Goding, a fifteen plus year Australian expat living in Taiwan, chats with James about his early travels before ending up in the place he now calls home. A class A optimist, Mark is well known for his endless energy and outspokenness and he always has an antidote for any situation or cause.  He keeps active and also runs his own business selling sausages to local business.



49. 4S1F17 Kathy Wang: You have to be Brave
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In this short episode we sit down for a late night chat with Kathy Wang, a Taiwanese expat living in Brisbane, Australia. Kathy started off her Australian journey on a working holiday. Now, two and a half years later, Kathy is pursuing her master’s degree and, at the same time, working in a local Australian company. Kathy talks about how she prepared to deal with language and cultural issues. She also points out the importance of getting out and mixing in your local community.



50. 4S1F16 William Cruz Molina: Taking opportunities to learn
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Colombian Expatriate William Cruz Molina is in the Taipei studio to chat about how he ended up coming to Taiwan to study in university. William also talks about how important it is to get outside your protective shell and mix with an overseas environment. He explains the situations he encountered while learning the local language and culture. In the end, he points out how his experience as an expat helped him further develop his view of his life and world. 



51. 4S1F15 Brent Smith: We’re really not that all different. Kindness is universal.
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Today we sit down for a chat with Brent Smith. Brent is a Canadian expat residing in Taiwan for 15 years! He shares his views of how his overseas experience helped him widen his view of the world. He notes during the interview that people are generally the same and kindness really is universal. Brent has lived in a few places in Taiwan and is well qualified to compare and contrast both the positive and negative aspects of being a long-term overseas expat.



52. 4S1F14 Christine Chang: Working overseas as a Female Expat
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Today we interview Ms. Christine Chang, a Taiwanese expat working in Hong Kong. Ms. Chang, in her first Internet interview, shares with James Thomas her experiences working and living abroad. Christine talks about some of the issues she’s faced working in a “male dominated” industry and how it seems that more women at put in hi-level management positions in many Hong Kong companies. She also points out what was her drive to look overseas for an employment challenge and the value of an overseas work experience for women today



53. 4S1F13 Challenges Women Expatriates Face While Climbing Up the Ladder of Success
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What are some of the issues female expatriates have to face while living and working abroad? What are the unique situations they encounter as a result of their assignments, locations and especially gender? Today, female expats say that they feel the need to take on international assignments or rotations to further their career goals and prove self-worth. They note that one of the prerequisites for a top-level executive position is having an international overseas experience….. Women, under the many unspoken rules (不成文的規定) of some corporations, aren’t considered for certain overseas assignments because of their gender or a glass ceiling. Yes, the corporate world is still a man’s world and women are still finding it an uphill battle to raise their flags of accomplishments. 



54. 4S1F12 Homesickness
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We often hear people from all cultures living away from their home or in an unfamiliar environment talk about their feelings of being homesick and the reasons why they feel the way they do. Now, hold on for a minute! What does homesick or homesickness really mean? What are the elements that form these feelings? Is being homesick really about how a person feels about their “home”? What really does “homesick” mean and what are the underlining symptoms that show up as a result?



55. 4S1F11 Things to Pay Attention to While Traveling Abroad
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Going abroad can help a traveler widen his or her viewpoint of the world by giving the person a personal relationship with the location and the people encountered. However, when planning to travel overseas there are steps that need to be taken to ensure the traveler’s safety and wellbeing.

In this podcast I offer a few tips to assist anyone from anywhere in their preparations before and during a journey abroad. Many of the points I raise can be called common sense. No matter where you plan to travel, following these steps can help keep you safe and your trip a memorable one.



56. 4S1F10 Learn about expat life in Finland with Steve, Ken and Guillermo of techxpatspodcast.com
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Description:

When people talk about Finland, most of the time they describe a place flanked with historical architecture, monuments and fields of grass. Within this background three expats from Britain, America and Spain now call Finland their home. Steve, Ken and Guillermo, the three host of the podcast “techxpatspodcast.com”, sit down for a chat with our host, James Thomas, and share their connections and reasons for calling Finland home.



57. 4S1F9 Interview with American expat language Consultant Erik Lahdekorpi
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Tune in and join us as we interview American expat Erik Lahdakorpi. Erik has been all over the world experiencing life overseas. He has interesting stories and antidotes to share about his times living abroad. Erik is not only an adventurer, but also a well established English language consultant. His service has helped many professionals get a secure foothold on the English language.

 

Erik Lahdekorpi Professional English Services:    http://www.eng.coach

A few years ago a friend of Erik had an experience that changed his life...he:

1. Is American
2. Lived in Iran for 2.5 years 
3. Has made a photojournal to document his experience

If this would interest someone you know please share his Indiegogo campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/becoming-iranian/

His incredible experience needs to be shared and will give you a chance to look into what Iran is really like.

Check it out:



58. 4S1F8 Leaving an EFL Job Gracefully After You’ve Been Screwed Over
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A longtime friend on Facebook sent me a link from a blog (http://anamericanintaipei.com) that had the flashing title “Leaving an EFL Job Gracefully After You’ve Been Screwed Over”. I found this to be an interesting title as well as a topic of interest to many expats employed abroad. I contacted the Webmaster and author of the mentioned article, Ms. Katy Kessinger, to chat with her about her blog post. Let's listen to her experiences living overseas as well as how she handles a problem at the workplace.

Please let me know your thoughts on this topic.



59. 4S1F7 Views of an expat's home country from abroad.
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Views of an expat's home country from abroad

After watch the GOP debate the need for a more true international understanding is needed. This is why I created this podcast. We are all the same, but different. This really makes ALL our lives more colorful and meaningful.



60. 4S1F6 Are you suitable for living abroad?
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For a variety of different reasons, many people think about moving or living long-term in another country. Of course, people thinking like this should know that they might need time to adapt. Learning to co-exist in a country with people of different cultural characteristics, language, cuisines, religions, moral values, ethics and others on a daily basis may not be a skill some of us can obtain. If you are steadfast and determined to living a life abroad, be prepared to make a checklist of why you are suitable for living abroad. Explore your reason for wanting to live abroad with James.



61. 4S1F5 Americans Trends in Studying Abroad
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This isn’t new news. In fact, maybe it’s a trend.  More and more students are leaving the US to study abroad. Nothing new about this fact, but the point to mention is less than 10% of American students today choose to study abroad and there are several reasons why this is so. This low rate of increase is far behind the rates of students seeking an overseas learning experience in the US from other countries...

Institute of International Education (IIE):

 Demand for Study Overseas by American Students and Employers

http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/Demand-for-Study-Overseas-from-American-Students-and-Employers

The Value of International Education to U.S. Business and Industry Leaders (2009):

http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/Value-of-International-Education



62. 4S1F4 Interview with US Expat and radio personality Stevie G
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Description:

Join James in a studio interview with local radio and TV personality Stevie G. Listen to the road this US expat took to find his way in his new home. Stevie has some funny encounters and anecdotes to share during his time in Taiwan.



63. 4S1F3 Work Permit and the Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC)
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Description:

This episode was quickly patched together while in the middle of Super Typhoon Soudelor (8/8/2015). I wanted to get this episode out before the heavy part of the storm hit the island and as a result a lot of tongue twisting occurred.

 In this episode I present a very brief overview of getting a Taiwan work permit and an Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC).

I would also like to make a correction. I referred to the Taiwan National Immigration Agency (NIA) as the National Immigration Association more than a few times in this episode, which isn’t the correct title of the NIA.  

 



64. 4S1F2 Coming to Taiwan and the Alien Resident Certificate
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Description:

First off, please excuse my “Ahhh”, “Humms” and twisted tongue in this episode. Here is some fast paced information for people planning to come to Taiwan. Here, I’ll quickly talk about what is needed to apply for a visit or a stay. Most of the information I present here in this episode can be found at the Taiwan Nation Immigration Agency (NIA) website at these links:

Visa-exempt entry:

http://www.immigration.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1090149&ctNode=30085&mp=2

Applying for an Alien Resident Certificate:

http://www.immigration.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1090287&ctNode=30085&mp=2

In a later podcast episode I will cover how to obtain a work permit and later down the line an Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (ARC). Feel free to preview the NIA website and if you have any questions drop me a note at this link and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

 



65. 4S1F1 Podcast Introduction
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Have you ever wondered how your life would be if you suddenly had to travel or live abroad? How would you adapt? How would you communicate? How would you make friends? This is the podcast to learn about living overseas as an expatriate. Tune in and learn about the ups and downs to cultural and social adaptation when living abroad.