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Celebrating an Expat Christmas

Celebrating holidays as an expat can be difficult and stressful. I don’t celebrate Christmas, but have celebrated in some countries.

Happy Year of the Sheep

新年快乐, dear readers! February 19 marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year (as well as other Asian nations’ lunar new year). This is the year of the sheep/goat/ram and it happens to be my year, so I should probably go out and buy some lucky red underwear (seriously, this is a thing in China/Taiwan). …

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Happy 2015!

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” ― T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding I can’t say I’m sad to see 2014 go. I can’t say I’m happy about it either. 2014 started out with me on a boat …

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July 4th Past

As I logged in for work this morning despite my usual habit of taking off for national holidays, I realized I had no 4th of July-ish plans in Seoul. I’ve been sitting in my apartment reading Walt Whitman’s praises of America in Leaves of Grass, which I’ve mostly read on the Seoul subway and local bars. …

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May Day, Day Late

Yesterday was May Day, or International Labor Day, whichever you’d prefer. It was celebrated in various ways around the world–protests in Seattle and Istanbul, and an odd mix of parade and support for Vladimir Putin in Moscow. In China, it’s a couple days off for almost everyone (it used to be a full week, but …

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Happy 2014!

Happy New Year, friends and readers! I celebrated in Siem Reap, Cambodia last night, but didn’t join in the festivities on Pub Street as the crowd was so large at 9 PM that I didn’t want to push my way through. I also couldn’t stay out too late because I had to catch my boat …

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