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  • The Archive Newsletter - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    the West Indies in Barbados The day ended with a debate on What is an expatriate led by the business historian Dr Keetie Sluyterman of the University of Utrecht Dr Sluyterman headed the team of historians that wrote a History of Royal Dutch Shell 2007 Everybody worked very hard to make this day a success but I especially like to mention Mirena Radulova one of our dedicated volunteers who was the team leader for this major project Our PR department headed by Donna Worrall assisted by Navah Hochstein and Peta Chow has been moving heavily into the social media so that we are now connected with much of the world through our Facebook pages you will be constantly updated on everything that is going on in the Expatriate Archive Centre So if you would like to follow us do join us there Next year we plan to have our collection available online This is a new step for us and we are carefully preparing this in view of the sensitive nature of our collection Do not worry your stories will not be online for all to explore Online researchers can only get information on names dates and countries If they would like to pursue further research then they will first have to contact the Expatriate Archive Centre We strictly adhere to all privacy legislation and only open archives when we have full consent to do so Volunteers We are very proud to have so many very talented volunteers working at the Expatriate Archive Centre In 2011 we welcomed Caroline Kappers Margaritha van Zuilen Darin Attard Karen Lowe Chi Liang Lia Peta Chow Kathi Ellermann and Julia Flores as newcomers in this year We have had to say goodbye to Jo Brown who found a job and Darin Attard who returned to Malta to pursue his career there Johan Hoekemeijer lives part of the year in Portugal but when he is in the Netherlands he comes in to assist Catherine with the administration We had wonderful news that Navah Hochstein our web 2 0 volunteer consultant gave birth on 19 August to a little boy Bram Philemon Sally Batten had a little baby boy Jack Robert shortly after on 6 September Congratulations to both families Staff In January we found our former volunteer Catherine Swindles prepared to join the staff for a few hours a week to be our Office Manager responsible for the day to day administration and the running of the office She actually continues also as a volunteer working many more hours than officially in her contract Rosita Arnts had a health scare at the beginning of the year and was off for over two months It made us realize how dependent we are on her but it was for all of us also reassuring to see that the archive centre did not collapse Fortunately she returned before the summer and we hope that as from 2012 she will have our volunteer Caroline Kappers as her assistant The

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  • An Extension to a Donation from an American Teacher - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    at the American School of The Hague has shared her experiences during this period with the Archive Her vast donation includes various items regarding her life in Guatamala and the Netherlands such as pictures and booklets from that period We were so excited to receive an extension to her collection yesterday with various business related items such a business card an invitation card and passports received during her expatriate period

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  • Latest Contribution: A Volunteer’s Diary - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    Darin Attard from Malta Darin worked with us for a year as an assistant archivist Before he left Darin surprised us with a contribution of his personal diary kept during his time in the Netherlands as an accompanying spouse The diary is an excellent example of the kind of material we aim to collect containing a handwritten account of his expatriate life supported by postcards invitations entrance tickets and much

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  • Open Day 2011 - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    part of worldwide events marking International Archive Day 2011 This project soon grew into a full day event incorporating an exhibition of our oldest photo albums personal documents etc films and slide shows running on computer screens a performance by the New Dutch Academy musicians and a debate What is an expat There were two live links with other archives using Skype one with Portugal and one with Barbados The

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  • Introducing Our New Board Member: Marijke Huisman - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    moved from my parents house in Zwolle to Utrecht where I studied history I never moved to another place again Being a post doctoral researcher at Erasmus University I do commute to Rotterdam however Since that can hardly count as an expatriate experience how did I end up on the board of the Expatriate Archive Centre The main reason is that I am a historian who specializes in the type of texts that Dutch people label as ego documents whereas life narratives is the common phrase in English Whatever the exact wording autobiographical narratives are the focus of my interest Most of the materials in the Expatriate Archive Centre are autobiographical documents so I was interested in joining the board Together we aim to collect sources which document expatriate life to make these sources available to expatriates and academics and to stimulate further research into the history and other aspects of expatriate experience It isn t necessary to have personal experience with the matter one studies of course On the other hand my present life as a visiting scholar gives me a slight but useful idea of what it means to be an expatriate For one it strikes me to what extent I stand out as a foreigner I speak English and I think my looks aren t very outlandish from an American perspective but people in stores and other venues recognize me as a foreigner immediately The Americans I meet are very kind but their interest in the Netherlands and Europe as well as my thoughts about the US makes it also hard to blend into their society Another thing is that I feel more Dutch right now than I have ever felt before As a consequence I m considering attending the Queen s Day party in downtown San

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  • Book Review: “Tropical Affairs” by Robert Raymer - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    little something for everyone to relate to Personally I found the expatriate writing and being myself sections the most interesting but parents and even movie fans will find entertaining and thoughtful morsels as well Humor and candor play equal parts in Robert s writing reflecting the complex and multicultural experience of living abroad However although the essays are interesting often entertaining and sometimes even inspiring I was left wanting a stronger central narrative to carry the book as a whole I had hoped to learn a little about Malaysia through Robert s experiences but without any prior knowledge of the region the essays didn t lay the groundwork for me to fully understand his encounters In addition I found the way the essays time traveled back and forth through is life to be a bit jarring especially when there were two essays written about the same exact event but not placed side by side Ultimately I found Tropical Affairs to be best read by simply flipping the book open and selecting a story at random Each on its own is sweet and filled with experiences that anyone can relate to And I like the slightly provocative title which encourages you to have a short fun affair with each story but maybe not a long term relationship Robert Raymer is also the author of the equally provocative Lovers and Strangers Revisited a short story collection about Malaysia He writes for several publications and also blogs and maintains a website at borneoexpatwriter com Comment from the author Robert Raymer Thanks Amanda for the review Yes now that I m blogging http borneoexpatwriter blogspot com the non fiction narrative style of my blog posts is the same though I tend to treat each blog as creative non fiction or as an article whereby

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  • Book Review: “The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition” - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    parents as their home country College years might indeed be the best years of your life but people tend to forget that the double shift from high school to university and the process of repatriation migration remains a challenge even for Third Culture Kids who have lived in multiple countries before they reach the age of eighteen Tina Quick does an excellent job in addressing this matter and the possible hiccups for TCKs when they decide to repatriate or expatriate to attend university The Global Nomad s Guide to University Transition is a very lucid well written work that offers a detailed overview of the different stages of the transition cycle of youngsters and their parents from the moment the TCKid decides to leaves and settle in the home country In chapter one the author addresses the Third Culture kid phenomenon and the issue of belonging TCKs might feel when relating to their peers who have not lived abroad In chapters 2 to 6 each stage of the transition cycle is discussed in detail Catchy titles such as Itchy feet to dragging feet or Fish out of Water grab the readers attention and straight away make them reflect on these issues The second part of the book chapter 7 till chapter 10 is set up as a practical guide on how to cope with mental and physical distress related to this transition process For instance how can the TCKs set boundaries with regard to drugs and alcohol take care of their health and deal with the campus life abroad In the last chapter chapter 11 Quick addresses the parents to help them understand the struggle of their TCK offspring and the ways they can provide help and support Being a mother of three college aged TCK daughters the author knows

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  • Latest Contribution: Life in Venezuela - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    variety of second hand vehicles including being towed by an American taxi in their broken down Opel Rekord In those days reliable cars were hard to come by We are looking forward to receiving photos of Venezuela from Graham in the future Graham returned to Venezuela in 1995 as a consultant before finally returning to UK in 1997 Graham is now retired and lives in Surrey UK If you have

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