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A spoonful of imagination helps the expat life go down: In tribute to our 7 columnists

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, as summer draws to its inevitable close, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the talented individuals who write columns for us from an expat or otherwise displaced perspective. Curiouser and curiouser! If it weren’t for them, we’d know a great deal less about the contours of the kind […]

Soccer players for sure, but shouldn’t Germany also be loaning us words? With cherries! say British expat comedy writing duo (huh?)

Like other U.S.-based World Cup fans, I’ve been thinking a lot about Germany lately. The nation certainly has been generous in loaning the U.S. national team all kinds of soccer coaching and playing talent. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann is a German soccer legend, and five players on the U.S. squad spent most of their lives in […]

And the April 2013 Alices go to … these 5 international creatives

As subscribers to our weekly newsletter, The Displaced Dispatch, may have noticed, we are now presenting our “Alice Awards” in that esteemed publication. Each week, we give an “Alice” to someone who has a special handle on the the curious and unreal aspects of the displaced life of global residency and travel. Not only that, […]

5 displaced reads for tickling an expat/global wanderer’s intellect

Hello again, expats, global nomads, serial wanderers, world citizens, and internationals! As suggested in my post of last week about mentors and muses, it being January, we have resolved to think Big Thoughts about displacement. We all know what it feels like to venture across borders to travel and/or live. But how often do we […]

DIARY OF AN EXPAT WRITER: Taking time off to look backwards on how far I’ve come…and forwards to the next goals

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from American expat in Hong Kong and aspiring writer Shannon Young. She actually gave herself a break this summer—and as soon as she came back at it, pieces started falling into place… Dear Displaced Diary, Did you have a nice summer? Mine was a great mix of family […]

BECAUSE WE (ALMOST) MISSED IT: Best of expat nonfiction 2015

As some readers may recall, I posted, at the end of January, a “best of” list of fiction works by, for, and about expats and other international creatives that came out in 2015. I know, I know, it should have come out in early December. And now it’s nearly the end of February, and I […]

DIARY OF AN EXPAT WRITER: How far I have come in a year…and what’s next

American expat in Hong Kong Shannon Young quit her day job last year to become a full-time writer. Here’s the latest entry in her expat writer’s diary. Dear Displaced Diary, I write to you on the occasion of my one-year full-time writing anniversary! One year ago I quit my job as an English teacher to […]

DIARY OF AN EXPAT WRITER: Three expat writers walk into a bar . . . and are giving away their books (limited time only!)

American expat in Hong Kong Shannon Young quit her day job last year to become a full-time writer. Here’s the latest entry in her expat writer’s diary. Dear Displaced Diary, As you can see from the facetious title of this month’s diary entry, this will not be the usual report on the ups and downs […]

DIARY OF AN EXPAT WRITER: After the hard slog of producing second book in series, the rush that comes with boost to sales

American expat in Hong Kong Shannon Young quit her day job last year to become a full-time writer. Here is her latest entry in her expat writer’s diary. Dear Displaced Diary, Last month, I told you all about my writing process—all the work that goes into a book before it ever shows up in an […]

DIARY OF AN EXPAT WRITER: My writing process, now being applied to a shiny new book series

An American expat newlywed in Hong Kong, Shannon Young took the momentous decision last summer to quit her day job and launch out as a full-time writer. She’d given herself until Chinese New Year to see if she could make a living but has now postponed the decision—something we’re actually rather glad about as her […]