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Interview with an Expat, Helen Bannigan

By On January 27, 2018

v Where are you originally from and where are you living now? Originally from the United States, I’ve lived abroad now for close to 30 years, in 5 different countries: France, Portugal, Spain,… Read More

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Memories of a first trip to China

By On December 1, 2017

China is a fascinating place and the people are full of intriguing paradoxes – delightfully friendly and respectful, wise and dignified in one moment, then spitting and burping and picking their nose the… Read More

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The Ten American Indian Commandments

By On October 9, 2017

Treat the earth and all that dwell therein with respect Remain close to the Great Spirit Show great respect for your fellow beings Work together for the benefit of all humankind Give assistance… Read More


The South China Morning Post Appreciates That After 20 Years, There are no Divas in The Hong Kong Women’s Club

By On September 29, 2016

I’ve been doing pro-bono PR work for The Hong Kong Women’s Club, as both a singing member and board member, and I’m thrilled to have achieved some great full-page profile coverage in… Read More


Salamat, Cebu

By On September 11, 2015

Gorgeous Cebu in the Philippines, with its crystal clear waters, perfect weather and warm, friendly, welcoming people. We loved our time there… but were also struck by the stark and unsettling contrasts.… Read More


Curiosities of Amber Alerts

By On February 15, 2015

“How could people be so callous?”, thought Susan, a lovely American girl just starting out at an international school in Hong Kong after moving over from the Midwest. “What’s up with the… Read More

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So, You’re Going “Home”

By On November 11, 2014

Top 3 Secrets to Successful Repatriation So, you’re going home! After so many years abroad, you’re finally returning home. Congratulations! Wait, home?? What is this “home”? What are the challenges to moving… Read More

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Cultural Perceptions of Shame vs. Honor

By On March 28, 2014

One of the most fascinating things I find about culture is perception. What means one thing in one culture can mean something entirely different – even opposite – in another. If we… Read More