Response to Blackface in Japan

Most responsible and culturally aware expats, immigrants or migrants make an effort to develop awareness of the cultural sensitivities of the people of their host country. However, there are times when the people of a host country overlook or may not be sensitive to the cultural disturbances they cause to people who aren't native to their nation. 

Japanese variety shows have a recorded past of having their entertainers perform in blackface. Foreign nationals in Japan have raised their concerns about this in the Japanese media over the years and it appears that their voices are being flat out ignored.

What do you think is the best way to handle situations when a host country displays a lack of sensitivity to the cultures of their overseas guests or residents?

Charlottesville

Charlottesville

As an American expat living abroad, I’m seeing things in my home nation that can not be ignored or simply swept under a rug and this disturbs me. It’s true that, because of my long stay overseas, I probably have become desensitized to many of the local issues my family and friends are going through back home. This may simply be one of the reasons why they feel that I am unable to comprehend the tensions they have to live with daily.

Should Expats Get Involved in the Politics or Civil Matters of a Host Nation?

Should Expats Get Involved in the Politics or Civil Matters of a Host Nation?

I would like to directly ask many fellow expats living and working in their adopted nation. Do you feel it’s your responsibility or right to get involved in the local politics or civil matters of your host nation? Let’s be clear that I’m pointing this question primarily to expats that don’t have citizenship in their host nation in ANY form.  

The Benefits Of Raising Bilingual Children

The Benefits Of Raising Bilingual Children

What are some of the benefits of helping a child develop bilingual language skills? What in the world is a bilingual anyway? Research has shown that children who are raised in a bilingual environment develop a communication advance far beyond monolinguals children.  Bilingual children learn the cross-culture meaning and usages of words based on the cultural roots of a language... and there's more...