April, 2015

Pleasures and perils of expat life

The Pleasures (And Perils) of Expat Life


I’m a permanent expat. I’ve spent half my life — 23 years and counting — outside of my home country, the US. I’ve spent 18 of those years in Taipei, Taiwan, which was named in a survey last year as the eighth most attractive place to live for expats. I spent another five years with my family in Shanghai, China, which snagged the number three spot in the same survey. Living abroad, whether permanently like me — or for a temporary stint measured in weeks, months, or years — has…

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