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Aug.24.2011
By ANASTASIA ASHMAN Hello expat+HAREM friends! Big news in the dead of summer (or is it winter? We have Southern Hemispherean readers too.) expat+HAREM is now an archive. After two magical years, we’ve amassed 175 neoculture discussions and 2,800 insightful, funny, poignant comments from...
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Aug.01.2011
By ANASTASIA ASHMAN "Whoever gets a D in math has to sit in back." That's how I'd call shotgun when it was time to squeeze our teenage bodies into the family's tiny Honda. My younger sister Monika didn't appeal to my mother at the wheel. This cruel, impromptu rule was imposed by a...
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Jul.28.2011
Rounding up zillions of links resonant to our community that cross my screen...this week we're looking at the latest labels for who we are, what we do and how we live. These are the kind of things I share *daily* on my Twitter feed -- follow me or get the feed sent directly to your feed reader....
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Jul.14.2011
By ANASTASIA ASHMAN On my first serious expat stint, Southeast Asia in the ‘90s, I achieved a state of photographic oblivion. When I set out from Los Angeles I was already solidly unemployed, unproductive, and unmotivated. I had a capricious romance to see me through. In Asia, life losses piled up...
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Jul.07.2011
Welcome to July 2011's "At home in the body" issue. +++++EDITOR'S NOTE Getting out of our head is a fab way to both calm the inner [com]motion, slow down that ultraprecious commodity *time*, and get out into the world...who knew!? +++++AT expat+HAREM, and AROUND THE WORLD & AROUND THE...
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Jun.12.2011
Welcome to June 2011's "Creative self-enterprise" issue. +++++EDITOR'S NOTE There goes half the year. Time for a holiday, whether you got your stuff done or not. Apparently, this is your brain, on vacation: a fun break from routine is not a luxury -- it's a requirement in stress relief....
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Jun.07.2011
By ANASTASIA ASHMAN Rounding up zillions of links resonant to our community that cross my screen... These are the kind of things I share *daily* on my Twitter feed -- follow me or get the feed sent directly to your feed reader. Writers abroad now have a spot to gather on Expat Saturdays for...
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May.25.2011
Welcome to May 2011's "Flowering" issue. +++++EDITOR'S NOTE Hope you're enjoying the nature in your part of the world, and as you make your mid-year plans, you're using the playful travel buzzwords bursting out all over: (palidays! set-jetting! buddymoons! frightseeing!) +++++AT expat+...
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May.15.2011
By ANASTASIA ASHMAN We love people who can talk sense about our hybrid personality and lifestyle issues. When Brooklyn-based life- and writing-coach Amna Ahmad, the dazzling founder of The Pragmatic Hybrid, released her new ebook Decolonize Your Inner World we instantly knew it would resonate at...
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May.07.2011
"Whoever gets a D in math has to sit in back." That's how I'd call shotgun when it was time to squeeze our teenage bodies into the family's tiny Honda. My younger sister Monika didn't appeal to my mother at the wheel. This cruel, impromptu rule was imposed by a straight-A sibling, and...
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May.02.2011
  Hi there. Are you here from AOL's My Daily...after reading about two little girls playing French Lady?   Here are some other personal essays from my Berkeley childhood (and adulthood, going out into the world!) you might like...   THANKSGIVING WITH MARY JANE LOVE AND HATE IN AN ELEVATOR...
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Apr.28.2011
By ANASTASIA ASHMAN Rounding up zillions of links resonant to our community that cross my screen... These are the kind of things I share *daily* on my Twitter feed -- follow me or get the feed sent directly to your feed reader. The mysterious case of the introverted extrovert -- a phenomenon I too...
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Apr.20.2011
By ANASTASIA ASHMAN What comes after cultural disenfranchisement? After Expat Harem, the book? After expat+HAREM, the community site? I chart the evolution of my own global niche, along with expat+HAREM's spin-off project: Globalniche.net. When I moved to Turkey in 2003, the plan was to write a...
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Apr.07.2011
Welcome to April 2011's "Upheavals" issue. +++++EDITOR'S NOTE Gentle greetings to all our fellow sojourners... In a season of tough shifts, we're making some changes at the site to provide a new perspective on evergreen subjects, and elsewhere on the Internet we're following history as it...
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Mar.28.2011
I once opened a can of e-book whoop-ass on Stephen King. “No interactivity, no extra benefit for readers!” I scolded the usually imaginative novelist back in the go-go days of Y2K. From my desk on New York’s Silicon Alley where I had the publishing beat at an internet industry magazine, King’s self...
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