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  • Guest Post: Preserving Your Expat Memories - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    counterparts but there are ways of protecting them Here we share some top tips for making the most of your digital expat history Digital Photos Go through all your digital photos This means trawling through social networking sites cameras memory cards and computer files Pick which are the most important to you That blurry picture of a man in a sombrero might not be worth keeping for example while that one of your first expat friend just has to be saved You may also want to go through all your physical photos and pick out the best ones for scanning in Organise the photos by naming and dating them where possible and when you have the time create a unique file for them Make copies of this file and save it in different formats and on different types of computer software storing your copies in different areas To avoid data loss create new media copies every five years And if you re willing to pay out a little you may want to get the photos printed so that you have one physical version to keep Emails Go through all your email accounts work home personal etc For each account look in all the folders sent deleted saved archived and pick out the most important interesting or emotional communications Remember to look at any attachments connected to the important emails Export the emails you can do this using the save as command in the email browser if you re happy to export them as individual files Save messages in an open format if you can and retain the metadata meaning the email subject sender date and time etc Name and date each email file Create a special folder to hold all of your email files Make copies of this folder and

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  • EAC at KVAN-dagen 2013 in Amsterdam - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    held in De Bazel in Amsterdam on 10 and 11 June The programme is dedicated to the choices and challenges being faced by information professionals More and more archival institutions are having to rethink their role and identity in a changing world with shrinking budgets and new technological developments The Expatriate Archive Centre were fortunate to secure two places for such a popular day This year there are around 400

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  • Celebrating the Importance of Archives on International Archives Day 2013 - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    and enhances the quality of life Archives also support the growing interest in personal histories documenting people s experiences and development in society within and outside the Netherlands Archivists in the Netherlands are working hard to keep the nation s memory alive Archives are not just there to preserve they are also there to browse research dig learn from and enjoy They offer something for everyone More and more information is available online and searching is becoming easier via tools such as the Expatriate Archive Centre s online catalogue The past is within everyone s reach Archives in Need This year there is a particular emphasis on those archives which are in danger archives that may be affected by climate issues financial worries and other influences Find out more on the followanarchive website or check the hashtag savearchives on Twitter Expatriate Archive Centre The Expatriate Archive Centre aims to give a voice to expats and their families worldwide and preserve the social history of expatriate life These valuable stories might otherwise be lost collections broken up or thrown away or stored improperly in attics and garages Expat history is growing in popularity as a theme in migration history research and

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  • A Mystery Man: Can You Help? - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    badge found in a flea market in The Hague in 2007 provides very little information for us to start our sleuthing and so we turn to YOU for help The badge has a photo is from Shell in Suez and is dated 1951 It reads A E O SUEZ C S 180 DATE 23 8 51 MANUFACTURING There is some Arabic text underneath AEO refers to the Anglo Egyptian Oil Fields Company which existed until the 1960s The badge ended up at the Expatriate Archive Centre because the finder knew of our history with Shell We were originally founded by the Shell Ladies Project to give a voice to Shell families around the world Since 2008 we have been an independent organisation collecting the life stories of all expats regardless of employer from any country and in any language Do you know anyone who may have worked for Shell in Egypt in the 1950s or who is related to someone who did Can you help us translate the Arabic text Please help us spread this as wide as possible so that we may finally discover the background of this item in our collection Help us to solve the mystery If

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  • Book Review: “Love Across Borders” by Ellettha Schoustra - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    grow up in his country The book contains many personal documents of women who went through such an ordeal Betty Mahmoody is a main example and a Dutch lady Janneke Schoonhoven is also mentioned These stories provide a rich source of do s and don ts for women with intercultural wedding plans Most stories tell about what went wrong there are few stories included about marriages that work It seems to be less inviting to write about a successful marriage For balance it might have been good to indicate that an intercultural marriage can be successful and why it can work One such story is that of Marguerite van Geldermalsen from New Zealand She marries her holiday love from Jordan and has a very happy marriage which ends when her husband passes away The stories show how to recognize unwanted situations and how to cope with them The author Ellettha Schoustra mentions numerous signs that can warn a bride that there is a situation that leaves a lot to be desired Violation of the bride is a clear example A full chapter gives information on how relatives can support and help the bride and what is best not to do Ellettha compares the situation with The Netherlands in the 19th century where women were considered not to be of age to make such decisions Her father arranged her business and he would see to it that his daughter would not receive short shrift When a Western woman marries a non Western man from a patriarchal culture it is imperative that her father makes sure all is properly arranged for as this commands respect It should be considered mandatory for each and every bride to learn about legislation and consequences of a marriage contract but that is not on the mind

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  • Symposium 2013 – The Expatriate Experience: Past and Present - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    had less attention in historical research Skilled migration is currently a major trend amongst migration patterns and this symposium aims to spotlight the potential for historical research In a plenary session and different workshops we studied the potential research issues in this day symposium Symposium Information Programme PDF Workshops PDF Biographies PDF Presentations Slideshare About the Expatriate Archive Centre A young but rapidly expanding archive the Expatriate Archive Centre documents

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  • Book Review: “May This Be the Best Year of Your Life” by Sandra Bornstein - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    gets posted in Bangalore The new job will take him away from home for many weeks a year Sandra refuses the idea of a part time husband and decides to take up a teaching position in India in order to be closer to Ira Leaving the comfort zone will bring Sandra to face new challenges and will uncover her deepest emotions and fears I would define May This Be the Best Year of Your Life as a journey with multiple sides First of all it s a personal journey It s a story of a woman in her 50 s with older children who decides to leave her comfort zone and accept new professional challenges Being an experienced educator Sandra deeply believes she can make a difference in other people s life and wants to become an international teacher The story gets even more personal and intimate as Sandra talks about her marriage and here again comes the idea of a journey through the inner dynamics of a couple Then the memoir talks about the professional journey which Sandra embarks on in India She often compares her training as an American educator with the different teaching system of the private Indian school Sandra will have to face hostility amongst her colleagues and the managers of the school when she tries to bring forth innovations and changes this part of the book is an interesting and detailed report of Sandra s methods for improving her students writing and reading skills Last but not least the story tells of a real journey Sandra is actually moving to a different country and tries to maintain her Jewish identity And here comes the story of an expat experiencing the cultural shock the barrier of a new language and the adjustments to a daily life

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  • What Do You Miss From Your Expat Life? - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    our cars when held up on the M5 here in Sydney It s almost like when you suddenly find yourself in a crowded lift with strangers It s so up close and personal Oz Cloggie When I will return to NL from the USA in a few years as planned I already know I will miss the free refills parking spaces everywhere and the wonderful Winter weather of Florida What I miss from NL here is too much to mention but cycling is certainly high on the list besides the bread milk and many other food items the beautiful cities and the Dutch language Sophia de Ruiter Proper Dutch cheese the stuff they sell here is plastic and the flowers from Brunei the beef rending and the weather and outdoor lifestyle but it s good to be home after 35 years too Hanneke Wood What I miss most now I m back in Canada from Dubai are the many British food products I could buy there which aren t available here Weird or what Judy Rickatson Sunlight Good salsa SwedeMuses Food I didn t eat when I lived there maddyhatfield Popular choices were the simple things as one person put it often food or sunny weather But what about cultural differences Here is an excerpt from our archive about how a stint in Shanghai changed an expat child s perception of their home country After five years of China being back in Holland meant that I was just as normal as the other people In China being a foreigner meant that the Chinese looked up to you yet in Holland things are way more aggressive and violent It was difficult to express those feelings to people in the boarding house MdJ Singapore 2000 Another lady tells of her reverse culture

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