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For TCK writer Cinda MacKinnon, fiction is a way to revisit “homes” she has cherished

When I first returned to the United States after my extended expat journey, I remember humming to myself: There’s a place for me, Somewhere a place for me. But then last month, when I went to see our monthly columnist Elizabeth Liang perform her one-woman show, Alien Citizen, I realized that my displacement, which took […]

TCK TALENT: The “Where are you from?” question evokes poetic sentiments in this third group of TCKs

Columnist Dounia Bertuccelli is back with a third round of poems composed by Third Culture Kids in answer to that vexed “where are you from?” question. Hello again, fellow Displaced Nationers, global nomads, expats, Third Culture Kids and other curious travelers! As March comes in like a lion (here on the U.S. East Coast, where […]

Top 10 diverting holiday posts for expats and world travelers

‘Twas the night before the night before Christmas, when all through the house, creatures were stirring…because they had jet lag! This is how I imagine many of you expats and world travelers may be feeling at this point in the holiday season. If that description fits—or even if you’re simply remembering with a mix of […]

A valentine to displaced creatives: Let a thousand friendships flourish!

In my nearly four years of managing the Displaced Nation, I’ve had about as many face-to-face meet-ups with the creatives I’ve “met” on this site. Let me see…the last one was was about eight months ago, when the delightful Jennifer Eremeeva and I had coffee. Among many other things, we talked about her autobiographical novel […]

The Displaced Nation responds to France’s 9/11

Time and again, the Displaced Nation has featured the works of displaced creatives who have been captivated by Paris, a city that has been beloved of expats for longer than anyone can remember. For today’s post, a few of us offer some responses to the terrorist attacks that beset the city last week. Our thoughts […]

For this global nomad, botany buff and blossoming novelist, a picture says…

Welcome to our monthly series “A picture says…”, created to celebrate expats and other global residents for whom photography is a creative outlet. The series host is English expat, blogger, writer, world traveler and photography enthusiast James King, who thinks of a camera as a mirror with memory. If you like what you see here, […]

4 observations after 3 years of holding up a mirror to expat (& repat) life

Earlier this month, I wrote a post in celebration of the Displaced Nation’s third birthday, which occurred on April 1st. For three years we’ve held up a mirror, as it were, to what we’ve been calling the displaced life, writing and commissioning posts on what motivates people to venture across borders to travel and live. […]

Does an expat life in Los Angeles ever go according to script? Read Tim John’s memoir to find out…

For many of us, the calling to the expat life is not really a calling at all, but more of a vague (albeit rather deep-seated) need to escape our surroundings in search of adventure. We have no idea of what we’re looking for until we’ve arrived at a place and put down roots. Even then, […]

This expat arrived in the tropics without any saucepans—but then cooked up a potboiler of love, horror and adventure!

My guest today, the author Lindsay de Feliz, was scuba diving in the Maldives when one night she found herself on a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean gazing up at the stars, the warm water lapping up against her toes. She thought about life, love and the meaning of the universe. […]

Trevi Fountain blesses American woman’s coins, granting her true love, a new life abroad, and now a book (we’re giving it away!)

While an expat in Japan, I mastered the ritual of tossing coins into the offering box, or saisenbako, at the Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple while clapping twice (to attract divine attention) and then making a short prayer. In the West, of course, we toss coins into fountains and make a wish, but I’d never […]