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CHINA BLONDE

Author: Nicole Webb

Language: English

Summary: From a TV newsreader in Sydney to a hotelier’s wife in the heart of China – this is a true story of reinvention, love, and finding your place in the world. Nicole Webb and her husband, James, are always up for an adventure, so when James is offered a job in the ancient city of Xi’an in north-west China, they jump at the chance. Nicole, James and three-year-old Ava pack up their home in Hong Kong and fly into a world they know nothing about — a place where they know no one. Touching down, culture shock hits Nicole head on. It feels as if all eyes are on her and Ava, the only blondes in the jam-packed arrivals hall, two foreigners, so far from home. With honesty and humour, Nicole takes us on a journey of daily life in the Middle Kingdom at a time when the whole world is looking towards China. We follow her search for friendship and acceptance where she discovers, no matter what your culture or background, we’re connected the world over by the common thread of humanity.

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Spaghetti & Sauna: Discovering the rational Finnish culture, through the eyes of an emotional Italian

Author: Irene De Benedictis  Language: English Summary: What happens when you move to a country that is, in just about everything, at the opposite poles of your own culture? Spaghetti & Sauna is the humorous story of the adventures of Irene, a young Italian woman from Rome, who had decided to move to a small town in Finland. She did not know anything about the … Continue reading Spaghetti & Sauna: Discovering the rational Finnish culture, through the eyes of an emotional Italian

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Expatriate Games: My Season of Misadventures in Czech Semi-Pro Basketball

Author: David Fromm

Language: English

Summary: When Dave Fromm graduated from college with good grades and high LSAT scores, he planned to apply to law school. But he actually wasn’t that sure he wanted to go, at least not right away. A few years earlier, he’d been to Prague for a vacation and played a game of pickup basketball there. He was a decent basketball player, though not good enough to make the team at Boston College either time he’d tried out.

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The Expat Activity Book: 20 Personal Development Exercises for Gaining Insight and Maximizing Your Potential Wherever You Are

Author: Jodi Harris

Language: English

Summary: “Whether you’re a diplomat, a military family member, a recently returned volunteer, missionary, study abroad student or intern, The Expat Activity Book is designed to give you new tools and insight for personal growth”.

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Culture shock – A practical guide

 

Author: H. E. Rybol

Language: English

Summary: A book for inquisitive travelers interested in making the most of challenging cultural transitions. Culture shock can leave anyone feeling disoriented and overwhelmed. With a sensitive and pragmatic approach – focusing on the person, not a place – H.E. Rybol helps readers cope with the ups and downs of adaptation. A mindful understanding of the subject combined with practical tips provide a comforting companion to anyone moving, studying or traveling abroad.  Source: amazon.com

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A toolbox for culture shock

Helen grew up abroad and experienced Culture Shock directly. A writer and blogger, she has put together an exciting “toolbox” for Culture Shock. We are proud to introduce you to this amazing lady, and invite you to browse through her incredibly interesting websites. Thank you, Helen. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I’m a TCK and I write two blogs: CultureShockToolbox.com and Herybol.com. I’ve lived abroad … Continue reading A toolbox for culture shock