Mindful Expat Episode 28: Reflections on Foreignness

What you’ll hear in this episode:

• My reflections on foreignness during my travels in South Korea.
• Some of the pros and cons of being an obvious foreigner vs. a hidden foreigner (or “hidden immigrant”).
• Some of the benefits of living abroad and experiencing being “the other” first-hand — and how this experience can make us reflect differently on our own cultures as well as become more compassionate to other people’s experiences.
• How all of this relates to my idea for starting this podcast in the first place.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

• In this episode, I mentioned Third Culture Kids (aka TCKs). If you aren’t familiar with this term, be sure to go back and listen to episode 8 where Josh Sandoz and I discuss this topic in depth.
• I also mentioned Ruth Van Reken’s book, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, which is a great source of information about the TCK experience (and which actually has a new edition that just came out!).

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