We are constantly witnessing a world being in a constant state of flux. Personally, change has been defining my life.
The objective of this website is to share knowledge on expatriation, or a move abroad, for mid-term, long term, or permanently. I am writing about the following topics:
- Cultural differences between Europe and the U.S. based on my experience living in Russia, France, Germany and the United States.
- Third Culture Kids, also known as “TCK”, “third culture individual”, “invisible immigrant”… is a term that identifies people who grew up, or spent an important part of their formative years, in a country other than where their parents are originally from.
- Authentic experiences of living abroad and adjusting to a new country through interviews of friends or acquaintances located worldwide sharing their journeys in hope of helping you understand about the process of this change and make the best of your own experience. Knowledge is liberating, other people’s points of view can inspire new perspectives in ourselves.
- International Education, as many of us would like to pursue undergraduate or graduate education and earn a degree(s) in our new home countries.
Other Keywords: globalization, new cultural environments, cosmopolitanism, expatriates’ identity.
Born in Russia, I moved to France when the Soviet Union collapsed. With the eyes of a child, I still remember seeing a world in “grey” back in the Motherland. One of my notable Quora Answers about this experience is available here.
Life in France has been rich, vibrant and joyful. I am now settled in New York City. I share a lot of these experiences on Quora.
When you live in such a vibrant, magnetic and multicultural city you keep on meeting incredibly interesting people. I don’t think I met a dull person here. So many of us shared similar experiences. Loss of the known and the familiar, as we strive to start anew.
Otherwise, you might have stumbled upon my tea blog: “Humble Tea Leaf“. This space will be of a different nature. Thanks for reading.
In this spirit, embracing change, will help us grow as individuals. Our mindset and perspective change throughout life and eventually becomes broad enough that everything that comes at us, painful or not, is an opportunity to become a little more strong, a little more wise and a little more wise.
Heraclitus once said:
“There is nothing permanent except change.”
Diogenes of Sinope (404-423BC), the founder of the philosophy of cynicism, could be considered as a cosmopolitan. When asked what country he was from, the philosopher replied,
“I am a citizen of the world”(Diogenes
Laertius The Lives and Opinions of the Ancient Philosophers 3rd Century AD).
(Source: Thesis of Mian Duan)