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Migratory Patterns

Migratory Patterns

By Migration Media

Where is home? What is "home?" More than 250 million people live outside the country of their birth- a scale of separation and migration that our species hasn't experienced since our ancestors took their first steps out of central Africa. Long-understood notions of home, family & culture are quickly evolving- sometimes in ways that can seem frightening to people who have never lived overseas. Host Mike Shaw talks with the fascinating people blazing this new trail for humanity, discussing their reasons for leaving their places of origin and how their identities are evolving as a result.
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#005: Marina Barayeva

Migratory PatternsJul 31, 2018

#012: Chrislyn Choo

#012: Chrislyn Choo

This week I'm chatting with the newest member of Migration Media, Chrislyn Choo! Her new vlog/docuseries, "The Chrysalis Chronicles," launches today and it follows her journey as she explores her family's roots across Asia. So how does a Jersey Girl wind up trekking around the globe in search of her identity? And how is her search changing her? It's a fascinating discussion that not only examines her own reasons for taking on this huge project, but it speaks to the mission of Migration Media: We are burning to tell the stories of migration in a world that doesn't seem ready to acknowledge it as an experience that gets more and more normal every day. Check out The Chrysalis & subscribe here: Chrislyn on Twitter: @chrislynchoo Follow Migration Media: @MigratonMedia_
Oct 23, 201846:53
#011: Malgo Blonska

#011: Malgo Blonska

Those of us who live overseas naturally become observers of the cultures that we move into. Among the luckiest of all expats are those who get paid to share those observances. This week's guest, Malgo Blonska, is among those lucky few. In addition to being a teacher of history and yoga, she works as a freelance journalist for newspapers and radio in her home country of Poland, where her work focuses on explaining China and its culture to a population that has its own complex history with communism. This perspective makes for unique takes on the country and city that she now feels most at home in.
Oct 09, 201844:23
#010: Joana Savedra

#010: Joana Savedra

What do we lose when we migrate? Those of us who have the privilege of choosing to move overseas often talk about the great things that making such a big change brings to us, like new experiences, new friends, and new opportunities. But we also leave things behind- and that can be really hard. Life moves on for everyone back home, and nothing brings that into focus more than when a loved one dies while you're overseas. Dealing with grief is a universal experience, but how do you deal with it when you're separated from your family? What does it say about he choices that you've made? And do you reevaluate them? This week's guest, Joana Savedra, is asking herself these questions after a recent death in her family, and her thoughts offer a window into a subject that is not often talked about in expat circles... or by those we've left behind.
Sep 25, 201848:56
#009: Mariya Kuznetsova
Sep 11, 201838:27
#008: Christiana Zhu

#008: Christiana Zhu

My guest this week, Christiana Zhu, is a "returning foreigner." These are people who are first-generation nationals in one country who have migrated to the country that their parents originally left. Christiana's parents emigrated from China and raised their kids in New Zealand, and now she finds herself living in Beijing, starting a business and embracing her role as a "bridge person-' someone who can operate across cultures, helping each side understand the other. Lots of migrants feel like fish out of water. Or, at least, they're people who struggle mightily with their identity. But not Christiana. She's self-assured, goal-oriented, and knows exactly who she is and how she can use the skills that her origin story has given her to bring value to every situation that she finds herself in.

I think that she's pretty bad-ass. I think that you will, too.
Aug 28, 201854:00
#007: Jared Dillet
Aug 21, 201844:18
#006: Kerry Lin
Aug 14, 201852:14
#005: Marina Barayeva
Jul 31, 201836:47
#004: Nancy Zhou
Jul 24, 201851:44
#003: Beatrice Zhang

#003: Beatrice Zhang

This week I'm sharing a conversation that I recorded back in April with Beatrice Zhang, one of my "First Year Friends." What's a "First Year Friend?" Listen in and I'll explain. Then, Beatrice and I talk about her journey from a small town outside of Guangzhou to her jet-setting life traveling around the world as a flight attendant, and her eventual landing in Seattle. Finally, Beatrice gives me yet another way to think of what "home" can mean, leaving me to ponder: Am I a Bostonian, a Beijinger, or both? And is that even possible

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Jul 17, 201852:05
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