Archive for the ‘Expatriation’ Category

Why China?

China Z visa

“Once upon a time, in the ancient and medieval worlds, to count as properly foreign you had to seek out a life among peoples of a different skin colour or religion. They were probably an impossibly long distance away, they might well kill you when you got there, and if you went too far you might fall off the edge of the world.”
– An Economist article on being foreign

Today the longest distance is no more than a 24-hour plane ride away, pickpocketing rather than murder tops the list of out-of-towner concerns, and the world is considered flat in a whole new way. Yet no country allows unlimited immigration. To live outside the country of your birth – for those not diplomats, refugees, students, or dual nationals – you must possess skills. “Talent is a passport and is nationally blind,” as Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information Technology once put it.
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While embezzling $14 billion from a Chinese bank for the US government, two Western bankers grab $15 million in cash for themselves. They store it in an upright bass case and wander the streets of Shanghai, waiting for their morning departure. When the more experienced of the two insists they spend their last night partying in a local club, the night takes a wild turn. Goodbye Shanghai explores the negative effects of Western imperialism on modern Chinese culture.

Being an Expat: Best Seat in the House

Came across this quote on expatriation:

“This is the great lesson of expatriation. In Japan, I sit on the lonely heights of my own peculiarities and gaze back at the flat plains of Ohio, whose quaint folkways no longer have any power over me. And then turn and gaze at the islands of Japan, whose folkways are equally powerless in that the folk insist I am no part of them. This I regard as the best seat in the house, because from here I can compare, and comparison is the first step toward understanding.”