Asia


From New England to Taipei: My Neon Sign Lullaby

06 December, 2012 09:49  Erin Erin

My Neon Sign Lullaby I’m Eileen. I was constantly on the move while I was growing up, but a big chunk of my heart is in New England (Maine, Massachusetts). I’m actually not from England.

I’m currently living in Taipei, Taiwan. I’m starting my life from scratch as a foreign bride. I’m learning Mandarin; adapting on a beautiful island.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband found a job in his home country, I’m basically a trailing spouse. I figured I can make the most of it and take advantage of immersing in the culture to learn the language.
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From Germany to Japan: Zooming Japan

03 December, 2012 08:25  Erin Erin

Zooming Japan Hi, my name is Jasmine. Originally I’m from Germany, but now I live in Japan. I planned to only stay a short time, but after many years I’m somehow still here.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’ve been interested in Japan ever since elementary school, so I at least wanted to visit once. When I was in school, I didn’t get any chance. As a university student I didn’t have any money. As soon as I graduated I went for a short vacation and fell in love with the country. I knew that those few weeks I spent there weren’t enough. I wanted more! Laughing

And as I just got my MA degree I had nothing to lose. I sent a few applications, got a job and moved to the land of the rising sun.

Visiting a country you were always interested in, then realizing that it’s even better than you expected was motivation enough for me to make the big move. I wanted to get to know the culture, the food, the people and the language more.
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From Wisconsin to Chendu to New Delhi: Hot Pot

22 November, 2012 09:30  Erin Erin

hot pot babyHi, my name is Danielle, you can call me Dani.  I grew up in a very small, very safe, very boring Midwestern town that is most well-known for it’s NFL team.  The first time my husband visited, he asked me “Dani, why is there a church, a strip club, and a bar on every block?”  It gets very cold in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  People need things to do in the wintertime, I guess.

I don’t live anywhere near Wisconsin anymore.  In 2010, after living previously in Chennai, India and Washington, D.C. I moved to Chendu, China with my husband, Chris.  In 2012 we moved from China to New Delhi, India, bringing our 14 month old son, Will, with us.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
The short version: my husband made me.
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Di Perugia a Bangkok: Andrea in Thailandia

29 October, 2012 08:38  Erin Erin

Andrea in Thailandia Ciao, mi chiamo Andrea. Sono un giovane (forse non proprio anagraficamente ma di sicuro nello spirito) perugino trapiantato dal 2008 in Thailandia, a Bangkok.

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
E’ l’”esterofilia” considerata una patologia? Se sì, credo di esserne stato affetto fin da piccolo. E’ grazie ai miei genitori che ho scoperto la bellezza di esplorare mondi e culture nuove. Dopo la laurea credevo di aver trovato nei Castelli Romani il luogo perfetto dove vivere. Le vicende della vita sono però incontrollabili e così, senza premeditazione, sono arrivato a Bangkok.

Non sono venuto in questo paese per ricongiungermi ad un amore sbocciato in internet o casualmente incontrato in un bar, come invece sembra accadere spesso a molti italiani che decidono di trasferirsi qui – senza considerare questa una motivazione di “serie B” – ma anche nel mio caso l’amore è stato la molla che mi ha fatto fare il grande passo.  

Ho inseguito un sogno e ne ho realizzati molti altri.
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From Italy to Shanghai: Expat Cucina

17 September, 2012 12:22  Erin Erin

expat cucina daniMy name is Daniela. I’m from Italy (Lecce – south) but I live in Shanghai (china) since 2008.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I moved to china after graduating from collage. My major in uni was Chinese so I thought It was necessary for me to do some work experience abroad for improving the language.

2. How do you make a living?
My “day job” is  being an alliance manager for a Swiss company, Kaba, we sell security systems and data collection devices. I spend most of my free time cooking, blogging about food and giving cooking classes.
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From Cincinnati to Czech Republic to Switzerland to Kuala Lumpur: Katie Not in Prague

03 September, 2012 10:53  Erin Erin

Katie Not in Prague My name is Katie and I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. After living in the Czech Republic and Switzerland, we moved to Kuala Lumpur a year ago.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I studied abroad in Prague during college, which is where I met the guy I ended up marrying. We moved back to the US and life went on until he was offered a job in Prague in early 2008. Because Prague holds a lot of good memories for us and we had a built-in social network there we were more than happy to move back. As the recession hit and cuts started to be made at his company he saw the writing on the wall and began looking for another job. He found one at a fantastic company that took us to Geneva. Two years after that the husband was asked to do an international assignment in Kuala Lumpur, which is where we are now.

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From Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City: Channel Steve

16 August, 2012 10:58  Erin Erin

channel steve Hi, My name is Steve. I’m originally from Melbourne, Australia and I moved to Ho Chi Minh City in 2009.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After 13 years in a giant corporate, serving internal and external IT customers in various ways, I found myself increasingly dissatisfied (with life?), but not sure why. I wangled a severance package during a huge corporate restructure, which allowed me the luxury of a long overseas trip. I chose Asia because we have so many Asians in Melbourne, but because they tend to keep to themselves I knew nothing about them.

Seven countries and 53 days later I came home, having fallen in love with Vietnam and Japan, but not knowing if I would ever see those places again. I started a new job, but remained unhappy. A few weeks later I read that my favorite metal band, Judas Priest, was playing the Budokan in Tokyo. This is one of those iconic gigs that most people only ever dream of attending, but I was determined to make it happen. A rather spontaneous trip ensued, leading me back to Japan, with Vietnam added for good measure as well. It was after that trip I knew I needed to live in Vietnam. I undertook a TESOL course, hooked up with a local agency, sold my house, ended my 10-year relationship and moved. Crazy, you say? Maybe so. I am now much more satisfied with life, though.
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From Arizona to Okinawa: More Things Japanese

26 July, 2012 09:29  Erin Erin

Benjamin Martin more than Japanese Benjamin Martin is from Arizona, USA now living in Okinawa, Japan.  He is author of the YA novel Samurai Awakening coming this Fall from Tuttle Publishing, and recently won the 2012 Kengo Tarumi award for his photography in JTA’s yearly contest.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’ve been interested in Japan since high school when I took Japanese as my foreign language requirement.  The more I learned about it, the more intrigued I was, yet I knew I’d never really be able to learn the language until I went.  I continued studying through college and applied for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme run by the Japanese government.  I got accepted and after graduation started packing my bags. (More)

   


From Mexico to Jakarta: Stumble Abroad

04 June, 2012 06:43  Erin Erin

stumble abroadMy name is Ana Gaby, short for Ana Gabriela. With a telenovela name like that you can probably tell I come from somewhere in Latin America. I was born and raised in Mexico but by the time I was 23 I had already lived in 5 different countries due to my studies and for work.  I married another global nomad and after 4 wonderful years of marriage, 3 different countries and 2 beautiful boys we currently call The Big Durian (Jakarta, Indonesia) our home.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Love. Sound cheesy? It is, and it’s awesome. I was already living “abroad” working in Washington D.C. at an international organization while my better half was living in Frankfurt, Germany for work. After a few months of traveling back and forth across the Atlantic, he realized he couldn’t live without me ;), we got engaged, tied the knot and I became a trailing spouse after I quit my job and moved to Germany. My husband’s work has us moving every two to three years, so after two years in Frankfurt, and two in Bangkok we are expecting to stay in Jakarta until the summer of 2014. Then, who knows? We might go back to the US, or start a new adventure in a new continent.
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From Canada to China: Tales from Hebei

21 May, 2012 11:45  Erin Erin

tales from hebei My name is Kelly Sandor-Yang.  I’m originally from rural Saskatchewan, Canada, but now I live in a small city in Hebei, China (yes, a few million people is “small” by Chinese standards!).

1. Why did you move abroad?
The short answer is that I was dissatisfied with my job and unsure of what I wanted to do (find a new one, change careers, go back to school).  I basically chose to run away from it all for a year to try to figure it all out.  Then, just to show that life really is what happens when you’re making other plans, during that one year I ended up falling in love with a Chinese man and deciding to stay.  We are now married and building our life together here.
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