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Where is home? What is "Home?" More than 250 million people live outside the country of their birth- a scale of separation and migration that our species hasn't experienced since our ancestors took their first steps out of central Africa. Long-understood notions of home, family & culture are quickly evolving- sometimes in ways that can seem frightening to people who have never lived overseas. Host Mike Shaw talks with the fascinating people blazing this new trail for humanity, discussing their reasons for leaving their places of origin and how their identities are evolving as a result.

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Where is home? What is "Home?" More than 250 million people live outside the country of their birth- a scale of separation and migration that our species hasn't experienced since our ancestors took their first steps out of central Africa. Long-understood notions of home, family & culture are quickly evolving- sometimes in ways that can seem frightening to people who have never lived overseas. Host Mike Shaw talks with the fascinating people blazing this new trail for humanity, discussing their reasons for leaving their places of origin and how their identities are evolving as a result.

    #056: The Expats Are Alright | Dr. Sonia Jaeger

    #056: The Expats Are Alright | Dr. Sonia Jaeger

    It's part 2 of the two-part Season 3 finale, wherein Mike & Alisa take a look at the issues and problems that have come up for the in their move from Beijing to Bali with a professional. Dr. Sonia Jaeger is a clinical psychologist & psychotherapist who is one of the growing number of location independent professionals who choose to live and work from multiple places. In essence, she's always on the move. A speaker of German, French and English, she helps expats and migrants around the world with their mental health issues through remote sessions. She talks about the struggles of people who follow their partners overseas, so-called "trailing spouses," as well as the importance of finding and building community in your new home and even expat divorce! It's an eye-opening conversation that gives us lots to think about during our break until next season starts.
    Be sure to listen to the previous episode to hear us break down the issues that we've faced during our move to Bali!
     
    You can learn more about Dr. Jaeger and her work, or inquire about making an appointment with her by visiting her website, https://www.sonia-jaeger.com/. You can also follow her on social media here:
     

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    #055: Big Trouble On the Little Island of the Gods | Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati IV

    #055: Big Trouble On the Little Island of the Gods | Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati IV

    Season 3 is coming to a close, and in part 1 of the two-part season finale I'm joined by my wife, Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati, to talk about our move from Beijing to Bali, which is our first transition between locations as a couple. There have been lots of unexpected twists and turns, from trouble finding a house, to developing new routines, to just getting around without the benefit of plentiful public transit. Then throw in the curve ball of both of us missing Beijing much more than we thought we would and you've got a potent brew of angst, anxiety and heartache. Will our marriage survive?! (Spoiler: It does.)
    To hear the interview that I did on The Bittersweet Life, click here or search for it in your favorite podcatcher. (It's episode #288.)
     
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    #054: Mental Health In A 'Global Nomad's World' | Daniela Tomer

    #054: Mental Health In A 'Global Nomad's World' | Daniela Tomer

    Daniela Tomer, founder of Global Nomad's World, knows something about migration. Not only is she a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping families deal with the issues surrounding migration, but she's the product of migration herself. Born to parents who had fled from Eastern Europe to Argentina in the early days of WWII, Daniela migrated to Israel as a child and went through a profound identity evolution. Later in life, a move to Europe and then the US meant the loss of her professional credentials- a familiar roadblock for many who migrate. So she did the most "expat-y" thing next: Start a business to deal with the barrier. Today she is at the vanguard of a growing movement of mental health processionals who are working to create resources that will help people around the world to better deal with the complex issue that arise when they migrate.
    Learn more about Global Nomad's World and Daniela's work with migrant families by visiting their website,  https://www.globalnomadsworld.com/.
     
    Dive deeper into the issues that children & families face when living overseas by checking out our past interviews with people who have gone through the experience themselves:
     

    Ep. #033: Coming of Age As A TCK… And Then What? | Mio Rudnicki


    Ep. #030: A Grown-up TCK Raising TCKs & Searching for Community | Dr. Kate Bailey Gardner


    Ep. #025: From Raising A TCK to Empty-Nesting Overseas | Amelie Mongrain


    Ep. #019: Studying TCKs As A TCA | Tanya Crossman


    Ep. #017: “This Wasn’t A Choice She Made”: Raising A Daughter Overseas | Sarah Peel


    Ep. #014: Growing Up As A TCK & Developing ‘Bordered Dinners’ | Ragini Kashyap


    Ep. #006: Forging Your Own Identity & Socially Responsible Pizza | Kerry Lin

     
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    #053: "The Immigrant Story's Not Dead." | Dr. Victoria T.

    #053: "The Immigrant Story's Not Dead." | Dr. Victoria T.

    As Victoria sees it, "To become an American, you have to put in a lot of work." After all, that's been her story. Victoria's path to the U.S. started with a stroke of luck: Her mother won the visa lottery, granting her and her daughter entry to the country; but as many immigrants soon learn after they arrive, the streets in America are not paved with gold. At one point becoming homeless, acts of kindness and generosity helped them survive. Eventually, the gifted loaves of bread, the teachers who went the extra mile, and their hard work paid off. Victoria has achieved the "American Dream," having earned her PhD and achieved success in the medical equipment business. Her story is an inspiration and shows how America is made better, and richer, when we welcome the most needy of people who ask to enter.
    For another take on the American immigration story, check out episodes #042 & #043 to hear the about the Baba sisters and their family's journey from Sudan to the U.S. to Sudan to the U.S. (No, that's not a typo!)
     
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    #052: A Passion for Naked Nut Butters | Meredith Sides

    #052: A Passion for Naked Nut Butters | Meredith Sides

    Nut butters were never supposed to be a part of Meredith Sides' life; but, then again, neither was living abroad. Not wanting to choose the path that most other people in her small town followed - moving from high school into the trades, farming or beauty school - she moved to Philadelphia for college, did a semester abroad in Europe, and then, on a whim, decided to spend a gap year before going to medical school teaching English in China. 5 years later she still doesn't even know her own blood type, but she knows what her passion is, and it's nut butters. She's the Co-founder of Naked Nut Butters, a purveyor of all-natural nut butters in China. And far from having any desire to go back "home," she's discovered that she enjoys the uncertainty of the #ExpatLife. She doesn't want to feel "nailed down" by the expectations of her home culture. And with her new business taking off, she's fully invested in life overseas... and nut butters.
    Read more about Naked Nut Butters' recent presentation at China's Paradise Foundation annual board meeting + their meeting with Alibaba founder Jack Ma here. You can also check them out on social media:
     

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    #051: Building Community with Qmmunity | Gabby Gabriel

    #051: Building Community with Qmmunity | Gabby Gabriel

    We all need community. And nobody needs community more than people who move overseas; we leave family and friends behind when we move, and building new networks and support systems is vital for us. This can be an especially fraught process for members of the LGBTQ community. This week, we're collaborating with our sister podcast Pop Abroad to take a closer look at how one person is turning what is normally a hardship for queer expats and migrants into a business opportunity. My guest, Gabby Gabriel, has found a way to leverage the privilege that she has as a foreigner in China to organize events and connect people and businesses in a way that supports LGBTQ people in a society where human sexuality is a taboo subject, at best, and a marker for outright discrimination at worst. Her venture, Qmmunity, is a platform that helps queer people find others like them, and helps businesses become more queer-friendly.
     

    Learn about Qmmunity, the great work that it does, and download the app here: http://www.theqmmunity.com
     
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