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  • EAC Researcher Nominated for Thesis Prize - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    identity concern either the native populations and how they experience globalization and migration within the boundaries of their own country or the immigrants and the way their sense of national identity gets affected by migrating to a foreign land It is a fact though that expatriation meaning working or studying in a foreign country for a specific period of time is a practice which also exemplifies the globalizing world of today s era Within this framework it is remarkable that hardly any historical studies deal with the practice of expatriation in the light of national identity Hence there is a historiographical gap that my research aims to cover The purpose of this thesis is to explore the ways two expatriate families identify with their homeland while living abroad in the period 1978 2009 as this procedure is expressed through their private correspondences More specifically I aim to discover how these expatriates national identity is being negotiated and re adapted while living far away from their own country I also investigate what the role of homesickness and nostalgia is within this process and how these feelings are not affected by the introduction of new communication technologies in the course of the

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  • Book Review: “Beneden de zeespiegel” by Steven Stupp - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    find it striking how accurate his description of the Dutch people is Although I sometimes don t like to admit it especially when he criticizes our society I consider myself to be somewhat of a patriot from time to time I think it s amazing that this man who was born and raised on an entirely different continent and who had to get accustomed to everyday life has found his way into the Dutch system and has actually understood it even the strange habits that sometimes come with living in the Netherlands It s interesting to read how someone struggles to adjust himself to a community you know so well or like to think you know well and how things you find to be very normal are so unusual for people like the author of this book He takes the time to really figure out everything there is behind Dutch culture and he explains everything really well even seemingly unimportant things like the definition of the word gezellig which apparently doesn t really exist in the USA there are multiple English synonyms none of which mean exactly the same This book has actually taught me a few things about my

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  • New Additions to our Expat Library: Donation from Jo Parfitt - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    of expatriate wives by Enid Gordon Morwenna Jones What About Your Saucepans by Lindsay de Feliz Women s Guide to Overseas Living by Nancy J Piet Pelon Barbara Hornby Fly Away Home by Maggie Myklebust The Emotionally Resilient Expat by Linda A Janssen Families on the move by Marion Knell Postcards from across the pond by Michael Harling No Going Back by Martin Kirby Planter s Tales by Mahbob Abdullah

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  • Choose Our Piece of the Year / Stuk van het Jaar - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    from the original Dutch It really was like in Holland the only difference was the temperature around 30 degrees and the burning sun was shining down Now you could see him Sinterklaas and his helpers Zwarte Pieten in their costumes suffering the sweat was running down their faces and with it their colour There were many light stripes in the Piets faces Then we asked ourselves what on earth the Nigerians were thinking when they saw all this Snake Man Potions in 1970s Nigeria This price list is from The Head of Snake Chairman visiting a Shell camp in 1970s Warri in Nigeria The many exotic potions listed include Medicine for Promotion To prevent bad Juju To go in contact with woman and no disease Medicine to catch Thieves and more The piece comes from a collection donated by a Canadian man who joined Shell in 1952 and was posted to Borneo Venezuela Nigeria and the Netherlands As he explains in the note attached to the list The Snake Man used to visit the Warri Club on regular basis Always had a basket full of hooded cobras Got 5 or 6 of them to bite his arm and went round with them hanging from his arm trying to get the audience to buy his various medicines against snake bite and just about everything else as you can see from his attached price list Making Alcohol in Libya 1972 From a fascinating collection donated by a Dutch couple who moved all over the world including Saudi Arabia Pakistan Turkey Iraq Congo Libya Sierra Leone and Nigeria because of the husband s job with KLM In his account of his family s time in Tripoli Libya from 1971 1974 he recounts what life was like for foreigners Clubs were forbidden and you could not have more than 8 people in your house without permission and if permission was granted there would be two Libyans standing outside the house on guard The family began to make their own alcohol in a country where the sale and consumption of alcohol is banned with a detailed account of the process included in the collection starting with a pressure cooker which was found to be too small and eventually progressing to jerrycans and milk churns Life Story Recovered from a Flea Market An elderly man cleared out his house throwing away all his personal items that he thought no one would be interested in anymore Into the bin went his photo albums letters and children s drawings mostly from his time in Barranquilla Colombia where he worked for Chevron Shell in the 1940s Somehow all these items ended up bundled together on a stall in a flea market They were discovered by a collector who managed to trace the owner The old man was happy that someone was interested in his story and gave the collector an additional piece a manuscript of a book that he had never managed to get published The book tells of

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  • Photography Project “Nico let op” Shows an Outsider’s Perspective of Dutch Signs - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    the Netherlands from a different perspective than people who are born in the country The Dutch customs and ways of communicating are often confusing to me the first time I saw a photograph commemorating someone s 50th birthday I thought a person named Abraham had gone missing My curiosity towards the Dutch culture and confusion created by unfamiliar customs are the driving force behind my photography I am fascinated by how people communicate with images and texts in public spaces I photograph the messages people create such as advertisements texts written on walls or images pasted on lamp posts With my photographs I show the absurdity I see in the communication and miscommunication in mundane living environments Originally interested in exploring the feeling of disconnectedness as an expat Kalle began his research by looking through the collections of expat life stories at the EAC He says My visit to the Expatriate Archive Centre gave me more insight into my own process and myself and the dilemmas I am facing as an expat In the end I came to the conclusion that me being an expatriate is not be the main subject of my photography but rather the driving force behind

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  • Saying Farewell to EAC Director Elske van Holk - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    institution that it is today Notable highlights of her five year career included the successful open day held in 2011 to mark the annual International Archives Day and the 2013 academic symposium The Expatriate Experience Past and Present which drew migration history researchers from the Netherlands UK and even as far away as the USA The Expatriate Archive Centre held a party to say farewell to Elske on 26th June

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  • New Director for the Expatriate Archive Centre - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    originally from Latvia and is married to a Dutch diplomat She has a degree in Economics and Business Administration is fluent in English Russian and Latvian and also speaks Dutch and French Kristine has first hand experience as an expatriate in Yemen and the Netherlands and is already a well known figure in the international community of The Hague having organised the Feel at Home Fair 2012 Especially important for her role in the Expatriate Archive Centre is Kristine s previous experience as a volunteer for The Hague Municipal Archives on the history of international schools The EAC relies on their hard working and enthusiastic volunteers who work on projects ranging from archiving and cataloguing to article writing and marketing Volunteers at the Archive have always commented on the welcoming atmosphere and helpful staff and the EAC intends to maintain the professional friendly and international environment Kristine Racina said I am really excited to start working for such a unique organisation like the EAC Being an expat myself the EAC mission and goals are close to my heart The EAC strives to become the first stop in the research process of expat issues and I am looking forward to the

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  • The Wereldomroep (Dutch World Service) Donates Expat Archives to the Expatriate Archive Centre - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    as part of the Shell group but has been an independent archive since 2008 with a very broad mission The EAC adheres to high archival standards and makes the collection accessible to researchers worldwide The collection consists of over more than 100 private archives of 10 different nationalities A very important archive is the Outpost collection Outpost is the partner support organisation of Shell which supports expatriate partners and families of Shell International To guarantee the high archival standards the EAC collaborates with the Hague Municipal Archive for expert advice and storage Due to severe budget cuts RNW was forced to part with its archive For the expat archives the EAC seems to be the perfect place as the donated material supplement the present collection very well The first archive to become available for research will be the Wereld Kids collection which contains a huge amount of stories by young children about their expat lives This children s archive will be sort of a goldmine for researchers says departing director Elske van Holk It is a very extensive archive very well kept by the former RNW employee Michiel Haytink Martien Sleutjes former RNW archivist is preparing the RNW archive for

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