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Ronnie Torrance

Hello, I’m Ronald (but everyone calls me Ronnie), originally from Glasgow in Scotland, and currently living in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China. I have to confess, this is not my first time in China – actually, it’s my fourth! I first came to China after graduating with my bachelor’s degree in 2013. My major was in English literature and I wanted to take a year away from studying before returning to Scotland to do my master’s degree, which I completed in 2015. Prior to that, I was living in Shanghai and, being interested in literature and culture, I was keen to explore Chinese literature, which is still a specialised subject in the UK.

In summer 2015, I once again returned to China, but this time, I was studying at Nankai University in Tianjin, Hebei Province. The last time I was in China – prior to arriving in Zhengzhou – was in 2016; my friend and I spent four weeks travelling China and visited many places, including Beijing, Hangzhou, Xi’an and, of course, my Chinese hometown: Shanghai.
Professionally, I’m currently a lecturer in English at Zhengzhou University, where I will hopefully also finish what has occupied most of my free time over the past three years: my PhD in English at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. I’m still a relative newbie to Zhengzhou (only arriving in September this year), so I’m still finding my way around the city and surrounding areas – I hope you’ll join me in sharing a little about my experiences as a re-expat in China!

Twitter: @rnldtrnc

Sarah Peel

 

Originally from the small town of Lakefield, Ontario in Canada, I moved to Japan for three years in 2000. 18 years later I still haven’t found my way back home. I now live and work in Shanghai, China as an early years music specialist at a large bilingual preschool. Other homes have included Beijing, China and Onomichi City in Hiroshima Prefecture. I struggle to define myself as an expat. I’ve always made the choice to live and work overseas. There is very little permanent about the life we lead. I may have been in China 12 years, but its visa to visa, contract to contract, and so much as we choose to stay we cannot choose to settle.

When I’m not coteaching bilingual music classes for small humans I am an avid reader (41 books and counting this year!), casual cook, and enjoy connecting people with one another so amazing things can happen. If you’re looking to do the same, visit www.shanghaimamas.org an amazing organization serving expat families in Shanghai. I share my life with my 14 year old daughter from my first marriage (known online as Plusone) who is half Chinese, my British partner (known online as The Fella) who is an engineer, and our grouchy old cat Meefball. I also love music and sing with friends around Shanghai whenever I get the chance. If you’d like to hear me sing visit www.soundslikesarah.com for free access to my six song EP recorded here in Shanghai with some very talented friends.

Twitter: @sarahplusone WeChat: Sarahplusone

Erin Gustafson

I’m Erin and I’ve been around the world, lived in many states and accumulated a myriad of addresses, but Oregon is where I’m “from.” Something about the mossy mountainous green goodness out there seeps into your soul and doesn’t let go. The Oregon Trail is for explorers, wanderers, cultivators. We seek. We create. We do.

I am a creatively minded explorer of life. Off the Oregon Trail, for now, I am currently living and doing and documenting a life across borders in Copenhagen, Denmark since 2014. With my boisterous family of five, I am enjoying this journey with all its bumps and turns. I believe in continuous learning and growing. An aesthete at heart, I have an appreciation for design – as much in the natural world as in architecture or art.

Our family moved to Denmark for my husband’s position with Vestas Wind. The clean, family-friendly and sustainably oriented capital city suits us. We have given up the car and adopted the Danish bicycle culture and efficient public transportation system. I work to bring our sustainable lifestyle choices with us when we travel and believe that you can explore thoughtfully when away from home. Respecting and supporting local economies and ensuring our impacts are positive are key tenets of our family travel philosophy.

When you are open to the world, the world opens for you. I adore meeting new people, discovering their “from” story and learning how that impacts their why and here and now. I blog at www.OregonGirlAroundtheWorld.com where you will find stories, images and thoughts on connecting as humans, life in Denmark and ideas on how to travel more sustainably. Want to connect? I’d love it!

Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Tanya Crossman

Hi, I’m Tanya – originally from Australia and living in Beijing, China. I work with Third Culture Kids (people who grow up outside their passport countries). I’ve had one book on the subject published and I’ve started work on a second. I travel to speak to international groups (especially schools) about TCKs and cross-cultural issues. I’ve visited 20 countries and I’m always keen to add another to the list! I’m a linguistics nerd; I’ve studied 12 languages, but I’m only fluent in Mandarin Chinese. I love music, blue skies, the ocean, fresh flowers, epic fantasy novels, Stargate, Chinese food, and Australian chocolate.

I grew up in Sydney and Canberra, and lived in Connecticut in the US for two years of high school. In 2004 I finished my Asian Studies undergrad degree with a study year in Beijing and ended up staying more than 10 years! After that I spent a semester in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and repatriated to Australia. 2 years later I started dating my (American) partner long distance, and recently moved back to China to be with him. So I’m an old hand in China but also kinda new again!

Amy Amann

Hi, I’m Amy Amann, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and enjoy my time as a Citizen of the world. I’m a long-time expat, and have been working abroad since before the Fall of the Berlin Wall. My first stint was a summer job, selling flowers at a flower shop in Aachen, then later I worked in large German companies, and also at a start-up during what I call the “wild west” days of Berlin in the mid-90’s! I’ve always been interested in other cultures, languages and learning, and have been able to combine those into a fulfilling career.

Professionally, I’m a consultant, trainer and coach for organisation, leadership and talent development for multinational companies and individuals. I’ve worked in Europe out of Germany, Netherlands and Luxembourg where I currently live. I’ve worked in and with most EU countries as well as quite a bit in Asia, and of course, the USA. I like working and supporting those people I call “Global Careerists” with their global career and lifestyles: those expats, international professionals and leaders working in our global, interconnected world. I see more and more people making and pursuing their career outside their passport country, like I did.

I got my MBA at Thunderbird, the Global School for International Management, and love meeting up with T-birds around the world. I also like to travel, try out new things and will generally say yes to anything at least once, and T-birds are well-known for that. I try to live like a tourist in my city, and have come to accept that I’m one of those people who like to explore and do new things, to challenge the status quo and ask not only why, but also why not?

You can find out more about me and my work online at www.achieveian.com and on Facebook on my page, Achieveian Coaching and on Twitter at @AmannAmy.

Halee Pagel

I’m Halee from Cali (a double whammy mnemonic device for you to remember my name and where I’m from!) and I live in the suburbs of Tokyo, Japan. Some of my past jobs include: retail worker, wildlife rehabilitator, Peace Corps volunteer, administrative assistant, edible fruit arrangement creator, and currently I teach English online. School, work, and love have given me the chance to live in five countries across three continents: Sweden, Canada, Mongolia, and Japan.

Living abroad has been one of the greatest challenges of my life. Why do I continue down the path of the expat life? The friends, the experiences, and the food have all equally made the struggles of living in another country worth it. Through all of this I’ve been able to keep up my hobbies and add some new ones: playing the clarinet, never missing an Angels baseball game, and adventuring in Dungeons & Dragons. My husband and I started a YouTube channel, Two Second Street, where we try Japanese snacks and showcase the wonderful places we’ve visited in our current home country. Check it out if you want to see us try some truly strange foods, gyoza hot dog interest you?

If you want to know more about me, follow me on twitter @2ojosazules.

Tara Brannigan

Heya!

I’m Tara J. Brannigan, American by birth and wanderer by choice. I’ve been living abroad for five years now. I’m a game industry geek, and have spent almost the entirety of my professional life working on video games across PC, console, and mobile. The game industry has taken me around the world; First to New Zealand, and now Germany! I work in the field of Community Management and Customer Support, and am happiest when I can work on building great player experiences.

I currently live with my fantastically supportive partner, and our beautiful (and grumpy) old-man cat named Harley in Karlsruhe, Germany. In my free time I make strange jewelry and costumes, some of which you can see at my (massively outdated) website: http://www.kindofstrange.com or on Twitter @kindofstrange! Fair warning, the latter is mostly GIFs, rambling about community development, and copious cat pics!

Random interests I’ll talk about for hours: Metalsmithing, Jewelry design, Weird animals, Cats (see previous), Fashion, Travel, and of course, video games.

Controversial opinions: Cheesecake is really more of a pie/tart than it is a cake, and waffles are far superior to pancakes.

Nora Cavara

Hello, I am Nora, and originally from a city named Essen (which literally means „Food“) in Germany. My family lived basically on the Dutch border, so traveling there and to all of our neighbouring countries was a normal weekend pastime for me growing up.

But I have never really lived abroad until last year, when I moved with my husband to Vancouver, Canada on an assignment from the large multinational corp I work for. Initially, we are planning to be here for three years – but who knows what will happen along the way.

I am still in that phase of marvelling at similarities and differences between the west of Germany and the west of Canada. The Vancouver region in particular seems like such a vibrant and diverse area that it is hard to capture the spirit of this place. At work, you could plug ten random colleagues in a meeting, and not two of us will share the same accent speaking English.

I am excited to be a part of this, and to see where this journey will lead…
If you want to tag along, you can follow me on Twitter @noraanna82.

Creatrix Tiara

Immigration is the core (and the bane) of my existence. I was born & raised in Malaysia of Bangladeshi parents, but didn’t get Malaysian citizenship until my 26th birthday. I’ve also lived in Brisbane, Australia and the San Francisco Bay Area, USA and am currently based in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve also been traveling my whole life – most of it on a Bangladeshi passport that required all the most difficult visas ever.

I’m a writer, performance artist, producer, and activist. Most of my work has to do with liminality and being “in-between”. My current main project is Queer Lady Magician, an autobiographical magic & storytelling show where I revisit my childhood love of magic with a social justice lens and a strong case of impostor syndrome.

Trisha Carter

Hi –  I’m Trisha Carter

I’m an Organisational Psychologist based in Sydney, Australia.  My expat / immigrant life began with a move from my home country of New Zealand to Perth, Australia for two years with my engineering husband and one child, then on to Hefei in China with husband and two children for three years.  Then we moved to Sydney Australia where we have stayed and become citizens.

I founded my business here where I work with organisations consulting, training and coaching.  The focus of our services is on building cultural intelligence, inclusion and diversity and managing transitions well.

My two (now adult) children still live with the engineer and me, but the rest of our extended families are all in New Zealand.

So where is home? It’s an interesting question.