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Colorism in Asia: Blinded by Color

colorism in asia

While I was at the morning market with friends the other day, an incident occurred that really disturbed me. With my family were two other families, one of which have two adopted children —one from Vietnam and one from Ethiopia. We were strolling along, minding our own business, when, suddenly, an older woman came pushing through our group, mumbling. She then stood in front of me staring at something and talking to herself. When I followed her gaze, I realized …

Cultural Differences: Moving To Germany

Driving in germany

We moved to Germany after three years living in Bangkok. Forget all the cultural differences – do you know what my biggest worry was? Driving. Back in the UK I drove every day, no problem. But then we moved to Bangkok and for three whole years I didn’t get behind the wheel once. But it wasn’t lack of practice that worried me. It was being on the wrong side of the road. Literally. In the UK, unlike the rest of …

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Ten tips to help you adapt to a new culture

Les Anderson Unsplash I Am A Triangle

Moving to a new country is exciting, stimulating and exhilarating. It can also be exhausting and just plain scary. I moved to Egypt two years ago to be with my Egyptian husband, and whilst it was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life, for a long time every day presented challenges that drained and frustrated me. In truth, it doesn’t matter how much research you do, or how many books you read, nothing can truly prepare you for …

Life: Real and Imagined

Growing up in the United States as the child of immigrants who didn’t know or care to know about the quintessential American childhood experiences and rites of passage, I didn’t get to take pilgrimages to what are considered iconic vacation destinations for families, including Disney World. Nevertheless, I eagerly looked forward to the Disney movies on Sunday evenings —The Wonderful World of Disney. My eyes glued to the television, I would dreamily stare as the beautiful castle appeared, evoking images …