A podcast about subjects that affect people of color (POC) expats in Malaysia—from fun subjects to topics that we may not be all-the-way comfortable talking about. The podcast also features non-POC expats and locals who provide more information about things relevant to the POC expats. Say hi, email firstname.lastname@example.org
In conversation with Fadzisai Matewa
Fadzisai Matewa is our guest on this episode of the Other Expats podcast. Fadzisai is Zimbabwean, has lived in Malaysia for several years, and is a market development specialist with a multinational software company in Kuala Lumpur.
In conversation with Ralph Mpofu
Ralph Mpofu is our guest on this episode of the Other Expats podcast. Ralph is a community builder, strategist, and changemaker, passionate about connecting the dots for impact and sustainable development.
In conversation with Jacinta Nalweyiso
Our guest on this episode is a graduate of biotechnology from UCSI University in Cheras in Malaysia, currently pursuing a Master's degree. Jacinta Nalweyiso shares her experience living in Malaysia for four years, and her interests, including singing and stop-motion videos, which are really, really cool! Visit our website for links to some of her projects.
In conversation with Carl Kapapiro
Our guest on this episode of the Other Expats podcast is Carl Kapapiro, co-founder of SNCT Marketing. He spent 12 years in Malaysia, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in business studies from the University of East London and proceeded to pursue his career in Sales & Marketing. He is currently based in Uganda, where he is continuing his life as an expat while establishing the nation's premier digital marketing agency.
In conversation with Emmanuel Okwu
These are trying times and we hope you are staying safe by following the recommended health guidelines. This is going to be here a while but it will pass.
Our guest on this episode of the Other Expats podcast, Emmanuel Chisom Okwu, does not talk about "the rona."
Emmanuel talks about his experience starting the International Student Council while at the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University to change the perception of Malaysians about foreign students, transitioning from student to working, what he enjoys most living in Malaysia, visiting Sabah, and a lot of other stuff you'll hear when you listen.
In conversation with... Dadje Valere
"When you travel in a country, the first thing you should do is try to understand and adapt to the culture..." says our guest on this episode of the Other Expats podcast—Dadje Valere, French-speaking Camerounian, and instrument and control engineer who has been in Malaysia since 2009.
Dadje talks about how he integrates into society, from being active in the university's students union and the international students' community to developing and pushing policies that allow foreigners to be heard in the campus environment.
"The other thing we did was to participate in the homestay program that the Malaysian government was organizing for foreigners to go and stay with local families for some time. So, I spent two weeks with a family in Perlis and that was very interesting because you live the everyday life with the people and you really understand that there is not much difference in the way they live their lives and what we have in Africa."
Outside of college, he suggests that you should get yourself some local friends. The idea is that "you benefit from having local friends because you learn about things that you typically are not privy to because you don't speak the language. Having local friends means you get (almost) free translation services when there's information that concerns or may affect you."
A lot has been said about how foreigners study in Malaysia and expect to find work afterward, and how that is not always the case. Of course, no one promised anyone anything at any point. According to Dadje, "...even though you graduate from Malaysia; it's like people are telling you to come here and get training but 'sorry we can't help you' after that. It's like 'We don't trust our own training, so go try it somewhere else."
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