The Struggles of Living & Leaving: Life as a Chinese Canadian

The Struggles of Living & Leaving: Life as a Chinese Canadian

  “There’s no way you’re traveling to Australia on your own. I’ll take your passport away.”   These were the exact words my father told me after feeling elated at buying a return flight to Sydney during my sophomore year in college. I wasn’t exactly…

Growing up in America being Black- but Not Black Enough

Growing up in America being Black- but Not Black Enough

  I am an African American woman born in 1987, well after the 60’s, which was when black people were still fighting for their equality in a racially-divided America. I wasn’t born into the hardships of the laws that enforced racial segregation in the southern…

Comments, criticism and courage: What it’s like being a desi parent

Comments, criticism and courage: What it’s like being a desi parent

If you’re an Indian person living outside of India, you should be familiar with the term desi. You should know that the word desi—derived from the Ancient Sanskrit word for “country”—is a term used for anything derived from the Indian subcontinent. And my family- with our Indian…

Being Mixed Race- But Never The Right Mix

Being Mixed Race- But Never The Right Mix

Imma be honest. It’s…difficult for me to write about the nuances that come with being a mixed person. Not because there aren’t any, because there are A LOT, but because…I’ve never felt validated to complain. As my black cousins would say, “You’re exotic, but not…

Dating a desi woman: a non brown guy spills the chai

Dating a desi woman: a non brown guy spills the chai

Hi! My name is Expat Polar Bear, the proud partner of Expat Panda (no she didn’t make me write that). Before we get on with this post, I thought it would be useful to give you info about my background, so you have an understanding…

The 5 Most Common Misconceptions About Chefs!

The 5 Most Common Misconceptions About Chefs!

My name is Expat Pug and I am the younger sister of Expat Panda, The Middle Child and The oldest of my Triplet Siblings- Penguin and Seal. Just like Panda, I also moved to Dubai for work. What do I do? As you may have…

Moving from the developing to the developed world: A scholar’s tale

Moving from the developing to the developed world: A scholar’s tale

Joy and I have been friends since 2010. She is the quintessential success story of a small city African girl who has hit the big time as she flounces around Los Angeles eating brunches with kale and enjoying bottomless mimosas. Lets just say that I always knew…

What does it take to be a Zimbabwean in South Africa?

What does it take to be a Zimbabwean in South Africa?

Welcome to part two of my guest writer series- Panda’s Penpals. Today’s post is simple but thought-provoking. Most of my readers know what its like to be a foreigner in someone else’s land; but have you ever thought about what it takes for some to be a…

The Expat Life: Conversations with people “back home”

The Expat Life: Conversations with people “back home”

I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of hearing the same boring statements from people we left behind to pursue a better life in a new country. When my friend Shardale and I were on Skype one afternoon (her in Macau and…