Tragedies of exile: candid encounters with expats (part 1)

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During my two years in Asia, some of the most intriguing people I met were expats. Some were genial and intelligent, others were obnoxious, but not one was ever dull. Settling down for brief periods in India, Malaysia and other places, I became an expat myself. I experienced a weird kind of dislocation, a confusion about who I was and what I was doing. Despite my keenness to integrate, I had many fears and anxieties. Such feelings were new to me; I wanted to understand them better. I decided to interview a number of expats about their attitudes, motives and desires. I became fascinated not only by their personal stories, but with the wider phenomenon of expatriation itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-65
Number of pages2
JournalThe Expat
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012


  • Expatriates
  • travel writing
  • Culture
  • cultural diversity
  • Migration
  • immigration


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