Asia


Interview with Expat Author - Nancy Swing

23 May, 2016 09:55  Erin Erin

Nancy Swing author Nancy Swing, currently living on California's Central Coast with husband Russell Sunshine and five backyard deer who come and go as they please.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
My husband and I were independent consultants working in developing countries, both long term (2 or more years) and short-term (6-8 weeks). Sometimes we were together, sometimes not. Among the countries where I worked for clients like the U.N., USAID and the World Bank: Egypt, Kenya, Guyana, Pakistan, and Somalia.
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Interview with Expat Author - Clara Wiggins

26 May, 2015 11:52  Erin Erin

Clara Wiggins Hi, I’m Clara Wiggins and I am from the UK. At the moment I also live in the UK but I was born in Cuba (to British diplomatic parents) and lived all over the world including the Philippines, Nigeria, Venezuela, Gibraltar, Jamaica, Pakistan and St Lucia. This year we are moving to South Africa.

1. Why did you move abroad?

 As a child I moved with my parents – no choice! Then as an adult I realised the wonderlust was still there and I started out by going on a round-the-world trip on my own, which included nine months in New Zealand. When I returned to London I decided I wasn’t done with living abroad so I joined the Foreign Office and with that job moved to Jamaica. Here I met my husband and became pregnant with the first of our two daughters. We then moved with my husband’s job to Pakistan and St Lucia (and soon to South Africa).  
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Interview with Expat author - Susan Blumberg-Kason

16 December, 2014 11:14  Erin Erin

Good Chinese Wife A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong I’m Susan Blumberg-Kason and was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. In my pre-teens I became fascinated by Hong Kong and dreamed of living there before the Handover in 1997. So I moved there at the age of 19 while still in college and ended up living there two different times in the 90s, finally leaving when I was 27. I now live in another Chicago suburb with my husband and three kids. My memoir, Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong, was published by Sourcebooks this summer.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My father always said he would love to live in Manhattan if he had a ton of money. He made it seem like one could only live in expensive big city if one had extreme wealth. I was determined to disprove this theory! My plan was to move to Hong Kong as an exchange student in college. And it turned out to be a great decision. I went back for graduate school a few years later and it turned out that housing and tuition were much cheaper than in the US. I received a studentship that paid my tuition and housing. Once I graduated, I found a job and earned enough to live comfortably. I was married by then and our two-bedroom apartment was 420 square feet. It felt palatial back then.
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Interview with Expat author - Andrew Hallam

18 November, 2014 12:48  Erin Erin

The Global Expats Guide To InvestingMy wife and I have no fixed address. She’s American. I’m Canadian. I lived in Singapore from 2003-2014. That’s where we met. Now we travel around the world like a couple of nomads:

  • October and November in Mexico
  • January to March in Thailand
  • April to May in Malaysia. 

The year after that?  Maybe Argentina, Europe or Fiji.  

1. Why did you move abroad?

I had bought a piece of oceanfront property on Vancouver Island. Before long, I realized that the costs of paying off the mortgage and building a house were recipes for mini, nightly aneurisms.  So I took a teaching job at Singapore American School.  Salaries were higher than what I was being paid in Canada. And the school covered accommodation. I thought I would spend just two years in Singapore. But from the first month, I knew I was going to stay a lot longer.  I loved the city, the jungle, the travel and the people.
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Interview with Expat author - Yelena Parker

08 July, 2014 09:47  Erin Erin

Moving without Shaking My name is Yelena Parker. I grew up in Ukraine. I am American. At the moment I live in Tanzania and in July I will return to the United Kingdom, my latest country of “permanent” residence.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad multiple times. 4 times, to be more precise. My first move was for pure economic reasons. I moved from Ukraine to the United States, straight to the heart of Silicon Valley to get an MBA. This was meant to open doors to gaining economic advantage.

Second time it was an expat contract, company transfer from the US to Geneva, Switzerland.

Third time, after our business was acquired, I got a local contract in the UK and moved to London.

Lastly, I am currently in Tanzania, volunteering and travelling for 4 months. Yes, I count it as an expat experience! 4 months of community work is truly plenty of time to absorb the local culture!
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Interview with Expat author - Apple Gidley

13 May, 2014 08:03  Erin Erin

Apple Gidley Hi, I’m Apple Gidley. Of Anglo-Australian parentage born in London, England, educated in Asia, Australia and England, currently living in Houston, Texas.

1. Why did you move abroad?
To meet my father who was living in Kano, Nigeria when I was born. Mum and I joined him when I was a month old, had my shots and got my passport.

2. How do you make a living? Are you a fulltime writer?
Yes I’m a full-time writer but fortunately have a husband who subsidizes my writing, otherwise I’d be sharing kibble with Marley, my cat, whose favourite spot is on my desk.  
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Interview with Expat author - Baye McNeil

11 March, 2014 08:42  Erin Erin

Baye McNeilMy name is Baye McNeil, and I'm from Brooklyn, NY. I currently live in Yokohama, Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I wanted to get away from New York for a while after 9/11. A while has turned into a decade. The years just creep up on you living abroad.

2. How do you make a living? Are you a fulltime writer?
Not yet. I make ends meet also working as a teacher (how cliche) at a JHS in Yokohama, and I have a dozen or so private students that keep me busy when I'm not writing.

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Interview with Expat author - Casey of A Cruising Couple

07 January, 2014 11:11  Erin Erin

Cruising Couple CaseyI’m Casey Siemasko. I’m from Apex, North Carolina. Currently I’m calling Mexico home, though only for a few months.

1. Why did you move abroad?    
Before we got married, we had both traveled extensively on our own. I think that when combined, Dan and I had traveled to nearly thirty countries on six different continents. This passion for travel and seeing the world was something that we wanted to experience together, so it only made sense to start our marriage abroad! The only question was where we would go and how long we would stay. A short Google search later and Taiwan it was.
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Interview with Expat author - Elka Ray

13 August, 2013 09:40  Erin Erin

Elke Ray My name is Elka Ray. I was born in England, grew up in Africa and Canada, and live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I studied Journalism and Asian Studies at university and was intrigued by Vietnam’s history. After I finished my B.A., I came here “for one year” to find a thesis topic. That was almost 18 years ago.

2. How do you make a living? Are you a fulltime writer?

For the past decade I’ve worked two weeks out of each month editing a travel magazine. I write fiction during the other two weeks. Before that I held a number of media-related jobs, all of which involved writing or editing. I started out writing travel and lifestyle features for magazines and guidebooks. These days, I travel less than I used to because I have two young children.
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