World Citizen Storycast

a podcast of cultures crossed

26: Before I Tell My Story


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Third Culture Kids refers to people who have spent a significant part of their childhood living in cultures other than that of their passport country. They often find it challenging to define their own culture, or even to decide where in the world they belong. In this episode, Kathleen talks about being a TCK born into a globe-hopping family, growing up on five different continents, and struggling to share her story with those in her passport country who simply find it difficult to relate to her experiences. Later, as an adult, she decided to write about her richly diverse life of global adjustment in her book, Expat Alien. Marcia and Lisle reflect on their own experiences with cultural adjustment and reverse culture shock.

(Transition music for this episode from Jukedeck – create your own at Check out Kathleen’s blog:  and look for her book EXPAT ALIEN on Amazon.

25: Not Married, Just Dating


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After wandering around SE Asia, Andrea settled on Taiwan as a great place to live, but she’s not yet sure it’s a permanent relationship, and she shares a few match maker and match breaker points with us. Continue reading

24: Knowing the Place, Knowing Myself


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Dan Ware grew up in Walla Walla, Washington where he became good friends with Marcia in high school. His awareness of the world outside this small city was greatly expanded when he and Marcia both joined a globally focused religion, the Baha’i Faith. Later, Dan’s experience as a citizen of a diverse world further blossomed after he came to terms with his identity as a gay man and eventually started his own business as the owner and operator of an international tour company catering exclusively to gay men. Continue reading

23: That Love Hate Relationship


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While in Brazil, Jackie from Scotland met a man from France, and they settled down together in Paris to raise their children. The honest stories she shares about common misunderstandings about British and French personalities spark as many questions as answers about cultural stereotypes. Continue reading

22: Flattering Harassment


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After trying out the serious life of being an accountant in an office for a while, Yulia, from Russia, decided to trade it in for the freedom of an international travel blogger. From her current residence in Paris, she kept us entertained with her experiences from around the world. Continue reading

21: Something I Miss


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Ruby, a young woman who grew up on the beautiful Pacific paradise island nation of Tonga, relocated to Canada, married a man from Nepal and raised two children in a newly blended world of three cultures. Along the way, she discovered that homesickness can deeply impact and even define someone’s cross-cultural experience. Continue reading

20: Friends behind Doors

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Yiqi is a delightful Singaporean Chinese young woman who is clever, lively and outgoing and she has had plenty of international experience, including a brief work-exchange trip to the U.S. However, after moving to Chicago with her husband, she discovered that making friends with Americans living behind the closed doors of their apartments is not as easy as she imagined it might be.  Continue reading

19: On a Bridge between Worlds


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Jody Fernando, an American woman from Indiana who married a man from Sri Lanka, describes the cross-cultural life experiences that led her to write a blog post entitled WHEN WHITE PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THEY’€™RE BEING WHITE that went viral and caused a firestorm of commentary on the Internet. Continue reading

18: Culture, Class and Race

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No interview guest this time. Instead, Marcia and Lisle reflect
more deeply on the blurred lines that separate culture, class and
race, a subject touched on briefly in five previous episodes of
this podcast. Continue reading

17: Hugs, Kisses and Speedos


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Looking back on his move from England to Japan and finally to Brazil, Andrew entertains us with his unexpected and sometimes hilarious culture clash adventures. Finding Japan especially challenging to adjust to at times, he found relief in Brazilian culture, but not without first struggling with some accumulated acculturation from England and even from his life in Japan. Continue reading

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