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PodFest China is happening today in Shanghai, China!

January 18th, 2019

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I will be posting photos and videos as the day progresses on Instagram and Twitter. 

Here is the link to the event fliers: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsxvzbahrxp/

-Steph

Show Notes:

Listener Survey: https://goo.gl/XmY26X    Please take 2 minutes to complete this survey!

Where to find the Changing Scripts Podcast: Changing Scripts Podcast website & Changing Scripts YouTube Channelsubscribe for free : iOS , Android devices, RSS

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Support the podcast:

Changing Scripts Podcast Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/, song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Ep 56: Steph’s Me in Taiwan blog post reading from February 23, 2004 (recorded August 15, 2017)

January 16th, 2019

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In this episode I read and reflect on the middle of my first year teaching English in Taiwan in 2004. This specific blog entry is when I admit to catching myself having mean, teaser like expat tendencies. Was it possible for people to have zero culture shock when mine was so intense? Was it okay for me to tease them about all the weird things that were going to burst their seemingly long honeymoon period? And more importantly, why the hell was I comparing my adjustment period to others anyway? In order to lighten the mood I attempted to see a movie and volunteer at an orphanage but both tasks failed miserably. The good news is that in retrospect from Shanghai, China in August 2017, when this blog reading was recorded, I can see that although in this 2004 post I was embarrassed by how expat mean I was becoming, my awareness and attempts to focus on my own happiness and adjustment were good signs that I was trying to snap out of it.

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Be a guest on Expat Rewind Podcast (blog, twitter feed, Instagram feed, or any artifact from your 1st year in a country). Details here:

More about Expat Rewind and its' creator: http://expatrewind.podbean.com/p/about-1526533799/

All of my projects: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "Rocket of Love" on the "Mess of Me" album

Announcement: 2019 Schedule & End of Season 2

January 13th, 2019

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Hi everyone. Here is a brief summary of what we are planning for Expat Rewind Podcast for this year. 

  1. We would really appreciate it if you would take this quick 2 minute Listener Survey.
  2. We have launched a Facebook Group for this and all of our other podcasts, called “Steph PodTubes” cause, well, we have a few podcasts with accompanying YouTube channels.

Tentative 2019 Schedule: 

Jan -MaySteph’s "Me In Taiwan" blog reading from 2004 with reflections from 2017 from Shanghai, China (these are the last of the prerecorded episodes) 

June : 4 episode guest interview season based geographically on African countries

July/AugSteph’s Me In Taiwan 2003/2004 blog reading and reflections via live stream OR Shanghai, China walkabouts in conjunction with the Expat Rewind YouTube channel

Fall4 episode guest interview season based geographically on Latin America OR the Middle East (tbd).  Exact month of publication tbd.

WinterSteph’s Me In Taiwan 2003/2004 blog reading and reflections via live stream OR Shanghai, China walkabouts in conjunction with the Expat Rewind YouTube channel

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube  & Speakpipe (to leave a voice message)

Where to find Expat Rewind Podcast: Subscribe to Expat Rewind Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS  & YouTube OR join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Support the podcast: Expat Rewind’s Affiliate Link: Use these links to support the podcast: Amazon  & Traveling Mailbox

Be a guest on Expat Rewind Podcast (blog, twitter feed, Instagram feed, or any artifact from your 1st year in a country). Details here:

More about Expat Rewind and its' creator: http://expatrewind.podbean.com/p/about-1526533799/

All of my projects: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "Rocket of Love" on the "Mess of Me" album

Ep 55: Steph: Me in Taiwan (blog);: February 18-20, 2004 (recorded August 8, 2017)

December 27th, 2018

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Vulnerability in Blogs & Videos

In this episode I read and reflect on the middle of my first year teaching English in Asia in 2004. This blog reading covers three short blog entries about teaching English to children in a foreign culture while not being comfortable with teaching OR the local culture yet. In a word: vulnerability is the name of the game for this point in my first year in Taiwan. This same exposed state rang true for me when this episode was recorded in August 2017 but for different reasons. In 2004 I was writing the Me In Taiwan blog but in 2017 I was publishing the Changing Scripts Mandarin Chinese language learning YouTube videos about my learning process and progress. A lot changed in digital protection form one project to the next and that is where a lot of the reflection in this episode pitches its tent.

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Where to find Expat Rewind Podcast: Subscribe to Expat Rewind Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS  & YouTube OR join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Support the podcast: Expat Rewind’s Affiliate Link: Use these links to support the podcast: Amazon  & Traveling Mailbox

Be a guest on Expat Rewind Podcast (blog, twitter feed, Instagram feed, or any artifact from your 1st year in a country). Details here:

More about Expat Rewind and its' creator: http://expatrewind.podbean.com/p/about-1526533799/

All of my projects: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "Rocket of Love" on the "Mess of Me" album

Ep 54: Guest Expat Miicher Elmore of The China Chronicles-From Miami to Shanghai  

December 18th, 2018

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This week we expat chat with first time expat, Miicher, a Florida, US native who decided it was time for a change. Miicher is a teacher, an actor, a mom and a natural storyteller, which explains why her Facebook China Chronicles , where she has been sharing her experiences in Shanghai, China, have become such a hit. Usually in Expat Rewind we chat with expats after their first year but we thought it would be fun to do a preview episode with Miicher during her first year and then reflect back on this episode after she reaches that milestone. She arrived in Shanghai in August 2018 so look out for the second part of this interview in August 2019.

Show links:

-Baopals, the English language website/app for Taobao (China’s Amazon but honestly, it’s so much bigger than Amazon)

-Chinese bags, often seen on the metro, especially during Spring Festival (called Chinese New Year in other parts of the world)

-Replica towns in China

-Meetup.com

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Support the podcast: Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link

Be a guest: Share your blog, Twitter/Instagram/Facebook feed, or any other artifact from your 1st year in a new country

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, Song "Rocket of Love" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Ep 53:Steph: Me in Taiwan (blog); February 17, 2004 (recorded July 31, 2017)

December 13th, 2018

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Teacher burnout is real! In this episode I read and reflect on the middle of my first year teaching English in Asia in 2004. I was so willing to learn, excited to understand the process and methods and open to learning from my co-workers. Fast forward to the 2017 reflection segment and it is clear that teacher burn has set in and was not really going away anytime soon. Note: It is now December 2018 and I am still not teaching.   

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube  & Speakpipe (to leave a voice message)

Where to find Expat Rewind Podcast: Subscribe to Expat Rewind Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS  & YouTube OR join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Support the podcast: Expat Rewind’s Affiliate Link: Use these links to support the podcast: Amazon  & Traveling Mailbox

Be a guest on Expat Rewind Podcast (blog, twitter feed, Instagram feed, or any artifact from your 1st year in a country). Details here:

More about Expat Rewind and its' creator: http://expatrewind.podbean.com/p/about-1526533799/

All of my projects: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "Rocket of Love" on the "Mess of Me" album

Ep 52: Steph: Me in Taiwan (blog); February 16, 2004 (recorded July 30, 2017)

December 6th, 2018

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 Why won't you steal from me? In this episode I share the safety games I used to play in Taiwan, blog writing burnout, and some music that made me feel less isolated in my first long term overseas experience. This blog reading and reflection is from a 2003/2004 expat blog I wrote called Me in Taiwan. The specific entry is from February 16, 2004, which was written just after a vacation I had in Taitung, Taiwan: the other side of the Pacific Ocean from where I lived in the U.S., California.

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube  & Speakpipe (to leave a voice message)

Where to find Expat Rewind Podcast: Subscribe to Expat Rewind Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS  & YouTube OR join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Support the podcast: Expat Rewind’s Affiliate Link: Use these links to support the podcast: Amazon  & Traveling Mailbox

Be a guest on Expat Rewind Podcast (blog, twitter feed, Instagram feed, or any artifact from your 1st year in a country). Details here:

More about Expat Rewind and its' creator: http://expatrewind.podbean.com/p/about-1526533799/

All of my projects: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "Rocket of Love" on the "Mess of Me" album

Ep 51: Guest Expat Hannah Lund: From the US to Hangzhou, China

November 26th, 2018

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This week we expat chat with Hannah Lund, who is magnetic, funny and thinky. Her geographic trajectory includes her home state of Minnesota and a quiet town in Iowa in the U.S., Paris, France and Hangzhou, China. In 2012 it was a mystical story involving a character called Madame White Snake, set in Hangzhou, which was the inspiration for this move to China but Hannah soon found out there were so many more unexpected surprises that would come from this experience. After 6 years in Hangzhou she moved up to Shanghai, which seemed like an apt time to look back at that first year in China in this podcast episode. She uses her short story, “In Search of White Snake”, from the May 2018 edition of Concrete, The Shanghai Literary Review’s revered publication.

After Hannah’s animated reading of this piece we chat about many of the expat issues that it brings to the surface (every pun intended), such as her “sense of urgency” to make things happen, facing the differences between the China in her mind and the one in front of her, and a general fascination with ghost stories (how is that expat related? You will need to listen to find out!) We are so pleased to have Hannah in Shanghai now and I am sure you will be thrilled to have her story and wisdom in your ears for this episode.

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Show Links: (available here: https://expatrewind.podbean.com/e/ep-51-guest-hannah-lund-from-the-us-to-hangzhou-china/)

-Shanghai Literary Review and Concrete Magazine (one of their publications), where Hannah’s story was published earlier this year

-Hannah’s article on Chinese ghost stories in Sixth Tone

-An interview with another lovely Sixth Tone person, Lucy, on my Changing Scripts Podcast, episode 7

-Xing’s Expat Rewind Podcast, episode 27, the 1st interview for this podcast AND Xing’s writing website

-Atlas Obscura : THE website for quirky travel locations (Hannah wrote some China articles for them)

-Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio by Songling Pu (especially The Painted Skin story)

-Elizabeth Gilbert’s TEDTalk, “Your Elusive Creative Genius”

-Japanese spirits, Yokai. Here is the book I used with my students, “Yokai Attack

Be a guest: Share your blog, Twitter/Instagram/Facebook feed, or any other artifact from your 1st year in a new country

Would love to hear from you!

Socials: Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube & Speakpipe (leave a voice message)

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, Song "Rocket of Love" on the "Mess of Me" album

Ep 50: Steph: Me in Taiwan (blog); February 14, 2004 (recorded July 29, 2017)

November 21st, 2018

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In this episode I read from a Me in Taiwan blog post I wrote on February 14, 2004 from Tainan, Taiwan and react to it so many years later on July 29, 2017 from Shanghai, China. This is a very hungry episode: at 3 months into my expat experience in Taiwan I was hungry for food and knowledge. On the food side it was coffee and sweet potatoes, which are things I still seek out while living in Shanghai. I was also hungry for language knowledge. Something that started to intrigue me then as a new TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher and still does today is how time is conveyed in Mandarin Chinese. I have even more answers today than in this 2017 episode, thanks to a few of the guests on my Mandarin Chinese podcast, Changing Scripts (check out both Jeremy Tiang’s this season and look out for Tanya’s episode in the next season for some helpful insights into this).

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube  & Speakpipe (to leave a voice message)

Where to find Expat Rewind Podcast: Subscribe to Expat Rewind Podcast on : iOS , Android devices, RSS  & YouTube OR join our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Support the podcast: Expat Rewind’s Affiliate Link: Use these links to support the podcast: Amazon  & Traveling Mailbox

Be a guest on Expat Rewind Podcast (blog, twitter feed, Instagram feed, or any artifact from your 1st year in a country). Details here:

More about Expat Rewind and its' creator: http://expatrewind.podbean.com/p/about-1526533799/

All of my projects: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/

Song "Rocket of Love" on the "Mess of Me" album

Ep 49: Guest Expat: Karl: From the UK to Denmark

November 12th, 2018

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Originally from the UK, Karl discusses how he found himself in Denmark, the experiences of his first year and how music helped him to feel at home in his adopted country. He chose The National’s “Trouble Will Find Me” album from 2013 as a jumping off point to discuss the ups and downs of his transition into expat life in Denmark. In the interview Karl briefly mentions his current studies and internship at Sleeknote,which “helps small e-commerce shops and big online retails engage website visitors—without hurting the user experience” and he wanted to share this Sleeknote scholarship with all of you. Thank you for spreading the word about this wonderful opportunity.

Support the podcast: Amazon Affiliate Link and Traveling Mailbox Affiliate Link

Links to lovely items mentioned in this episode:

-The National website, https://americanmary.com/

-"Trouble Will Find Me" album cover

-Two music podcasts: New York Times Popcast and Slate’s Hit Parade

-Cueing culture: UK

-Janteloven, Danish societal concept of everyone being equal

-Kim Larsen, deceased iconic Danish rock star

-The National’s kind of tour documentary, with a brotherly tilt: "Mistaken for Strangers"

-Expat Cast Podcast, Nicole has an entire episode recently on the documents needed to work legally in Germany as an expat

-Blind Boy Podcast

-Tangentially Speaking Podcast

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Music courtesy of Damon Castillo,

Song "Rocket of Love" on the "Mess of Me" album