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Ep 13: Mo from the More Sibyl Podcast: From Nigeria to the U.S.

March 18th, 2019

In this episode we chat with Expat Mo from the More Sibyl Podcast. She describes this show as “a podcast about culture and cultural nomads designed for Blacks and Asians and those who love them.” Mo is a Nigerian-born, US-educated, Korean-speaking, Struggling Intellectual. I enjoyed chatting with Mo so much about her Facebook posts from her first year in the U.S. Her reflections on her own posts and the discussion that ensued really got me thinking about what we take for granted when we grow up in a culture AND what we expect others to accept readily when they enter the same culture as an adult. Mo’s honesty, hilarious sense of humor and compassion for others is very inspiring.

This podcast is part of the Expat Rewind Podtube experience: part podcast, part youtube channel. The podcasts are where I chat with other expats about their cultural adjustments in a new country and the YouTube channel is where I share my own culture shock reflections AND other more personal thoughts on this project. This week I share a huge revelation that came about in part due to my connection to our guest, Mo Sibyl, and part due to having to explain this and my other podtubes for a podcasting competition. It's a big aha moment for sure. https://youtu.be/Es4RWepIUpohttps://youtu.be/Es4RWepIUpo

SHOW NOTES:

-Tanya Crossman of the TCK book “Misunderstood” is how Mo and I met online (her episode on my Changing Scripts language podcast is coming out in April)

-Mo’s Info:

https://medium.com/@Mosiby , www.mosibyl.com and https://www.instagram.com/mosibyl/

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

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Season 3 starts March 19th!

March 14th, 2019

Hello Rewinders, 

Just wanted to add a quick message to tell ya two things:

1. A few days ago I was interviewed by the one and only, wonderful human being and excellent Podcaster Heather Welch (yes, I like adjectives and I adore Heather) of the Sunshine and Powercuts Podcast for her Sunshine Summit. It was a blast. Come have a look. 

2. The new season for the Expat Rewind podcast will start in a few days, on March 19th. I will post the entire podcast schedule for 2019 here in a bit but know that Expat Rewind will be nearly monthly for 2019, until we shift our focus to its more bookish leanings by the end of the year.

What am I talking about? We are going to narrow our focus more and more in 2019 until we only are talking to expats about books. It didn't even dawn on me to bring books too much into the podcasting mix until Nicole from the Expat Cast podcast had me on her show for a book focused chat. Oh my was it fun!

 

3. YouTube channel

I am also working on getting the YouTUBE part of the podTUBE caught up. For new Rewinders, this podcast is where I interview other expats about their cultural adjustments and the things (soon to be only books) that helped them through those hard times AND the YouTube channel is where I am reading a blog I wrote during my worst culture shock year in Taiwan in 2003/4, and reflecting on it from another part of Asia, Shanghai, China. Once all previous 60 episodes are polished and on the YouTube channel I will switch to live stream videos for each reading. This will start in June 2019 so keep an eye out for that cause I would love to answer your questions during the blog readings during these events. I am thinking Sunday evening my time, which would be Sunday morning for those of you in the U.S. 

 

More soon,

Steph 

 

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

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Ep 12: Miicher Elmore of The China Chronicles-From Miami to Shanghai  

December 18th, 2018

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

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Ep 11: Hannah Lund: From the US to Hangzhou, China

November 26th, 2018

 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.

 

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

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

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Ep 10: Karl: From the UK to Denmark

November 12th, 2018

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.

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

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

Ep 9: Pia: From Finland to China

October 29th, 2018

 

Pia and her family just recently left Shanghai, China after living here for two years. I have met some active expats in my life but Pia takes the cake on really living life the fullest. She explored China, worked and volunteered locally, all while raising two intelligent and worldly daughters. How did moving to the U.S. a few years ago help her to make this transition to living in China? Come have a listen to the answer to that question and more as we explore a blog of hers from this time period.  

In this episode:

-Blo Pia’s blog entry in Finnish

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Ep 8: Jennifer: From America to China

October 15th, 2018

Many of us are promised things growing up in a certain culture and often those promises are never actualized. Jennifer is an American who had been to over 70 countries before moving to China to teach at an international school but that did not stop this home country disappointment from kicking in. In this episode she reads a poem that she wrote a bit after her first year in China to her father about these cultural promises. And as we often do in Expat Rewind, we spend quite a while unpacking what this poem and the frustration in it means to her now, what has changed since she wrote it and so much more.

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International Podcast Day LIVE events today!

September 30th, 2018

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Ep 7: Alison Maciejewski: Thailand 2013

September 25th, 2018

Ex-chef and perpetual expat Alison takes us through her Instagram feed from her first year in Thailand: freedom, an explosion of her senses and moments of cultural pause.

Alison’s Instagram  and personal blog.

Expat Rewind’s Amazon & Traveling Mailboxes affiliate links (bottom of page)

WeAreXats rocur Twitter account

12:00 view of rooftop pool at condo in Thonglor pool photo

16:30 Sukhumvit Road yellow-shirt protesters in front of her condo  protest

24:35  visa run to Phoi Phet on the Cambodian border

28:00  her first Songkran outside of Tacos & Salsa restaurant with girlfriend Stacy and friends Bo & Lisathai

32:44  little girl working with a parent outside of Don Meuang airport in Jang Wattana

36:58 Sai Krok Issan Street stall Northeastern sausages in Nakhon Phanom about 2.8 cents per ball

41:00 cucumber kimchi recipe : http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/250130/quick-cucumber-kimchi/

43:00  driving a motorbike onto the Lam Prathab beach near Khanom

46:00 Long Way Round & Long Way Down Documentaries: https://www.longwayround.com/

1:19:00 America The Ex-Boyfriend article (correction: it is country, not city)

 

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

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Ep 6: Photographer Thomas Sandfield: Hong Kong 2012

September 11th, 2018

It is with extreme delight that we welcome Thomas Sandfield to the podcast in this episode. I can not think of a more perfect person to start off our multi-media experiment with Expat Rewind. In season 1 we focused primarily on the written word but in season 2 and beyond we will expand out to many more mediums-including photography, which is what Thomas does all so well. Thomas is from Norway and has lived in Hong Kong since 2012. In fact, it is now where he calls home. Have a listen to how his photography from his first year in Hong Kong tells us about his expat experience there: the joys, the heartbreak and the cultural shifts. 
 
Thomas's website:https://www.thomassandfield.com/
 
Photos mentioned in the conversation: 
17:15 Dreamer: https://www.instagram.com/p/eKLGtVA7dQ/?taken-by=thomassandfield
 
20:10-dancer: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnlaDO3gj7-/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=i2m7j2tfmbhf
 
23:41 Man and woman: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnWFbd6Bm5P/?taken-by=thomassandfield
 
28:25 Trash man: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnlaDO3gj7-/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=i2m7j2tfmbhf
 
36:28 Rock paper scissors https://www.instagram.com/p/BnlaDO3gj7-/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=i2m7j2tfmbhf
 
36:51  Bearded man:https://www.instagram.com/p/BnJA2_ShtQW/?taken-by=thomassandfield
 
40:24 Man gang:https://www.instagram.com/p/BnOXdu6BXxf/?taken-by=thomassandfield
 
44:14 T-rex:
https://www.instagram.com/p/uUZMtAg7f8/?taken-by=thomassandfield
 
48:44; Dear god: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnO-A_Ph4zc/?taken-by=thomassandfield
 
43:44; You have it, you don't have it: https://www.instagram.com/p/uPlk7zA7d_/?taken-by=thomassandfield
 
1:12:56; Metal man:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi4TY4yhXOc/?taken-by=thomassandfield

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

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