World Citizen Storycast

a podcast of cultures crossed

28: Finding Grandmother


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Jessica moved from Canada to South Korea and that’s where she met a handsome guy from the Philippines. But her international adventures had only begun, as she and her new husband decided to set off in hopes of uncovering a family mystery. Jessica’s grandmother had been born in Burma and many years later ended up in the UK, but little was known about her life in between, and Jessica shares with us the enticing clues and frustrating disappointments of their trip across India and Myanmar in search of her grandmother’s story. Jessica also entertains us with bits and pieces of her life as a Canadian/Filipino family in Korea, while Marcia and Lisle consider the effect children and good looks can have on bridging cultural barriers, and the challenge of cultural assumptions of wealth that Westerners sometimes face around the world.

For more of Jessica’s life and travels, check out her blog.

27: Wrong for the Right Reason


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When might volunteer tourism do more harm than good? Robin Mauney and Lisle once worked for the same international charitable organization. For the past five years, though, Robin has been living in Cambodia, where she’s been working as an American independent consultant Continue reading

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 Continue reading

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

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