expat+HAREM, the global niche
The Expat Harem concept has always meant cultural peers tied together in the virtual realm. Now Anastasia has relaunched the Expat Harem website to embody our concept in today’s multicultural, global existence.
expat+HAREM, the global niche reflects the new social order of personal and universal liminality where common interest and experience defines us far better than geography, nationality or even family.
This site will be a multi-author blog and Expat Harem fans are invited to be a part of it. So we’re calling all global citizens, Turkophiles, intentional travelers and culture & identity adventurers to share your perspectives on the hybrid life. Here's how to become a guest poster.
Expat Harem Contributor in Award-Winning Anthology
Congratulations to Kathy Hamilton Gundogdu! Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-Mackenzie), featuring Kathy's essay “A Santa Snafu,” was published in May 2009. The book has already been named winner in two categories of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and third place Grand Prize winner in nonfiction overall. The anthology was edited by Suzanne Kamata, novelist, nonfiction author, and owner of the Gaijin Mama Blog.
Defining Expat Lit, Live on Twitter May 29
Expatriate literature may be stocked in the travel section, but does it deserve a shelf of its own? We think so! Travelers often have the luxury to avoid the very issues of assimilation and identity that dominate the expat psyche. Anastasia will guest host a live chat on the micro-blogging service Twitter to discuss the unique depths expatriate living can bring to expat lit’s combination of outsider-view-from-the-inside and journey of self-realization. All Expat Harem readers are invited to join in, and share their perspectives on this misunderstood genre: Friday, May 29th, 4-5pm EDT.
Visit www.litchat.net for more information. The only requirement is that you have a Twitter account, then use either TweetChat or Twitter search with the term "LitChat" to see the on-going discussion.
Expat Career Branding
In a two-part interview with Career by Choice, a blog run by expat career coach Megan Fitzgerald in Rome, Anastasia talks about the lessons of Expat Harem in forging her expat writing life. Answering questions about personal branding and career success abroad, Anastasia explains how writing about her life overseas and editing Expat Harem connected her to a worldwide band of her peers, and gave her career and conflicted expat mindset a new cultural context. Click to read part 1 and part 2.
Gökmen in Expat Roundtable with Turkey’s New Minister to the EU
On Friday, February 27th, Jennifer Gökmen joined thirty expats and five Turks at a dinner with Turkey’s newly appointed Minister to European Union Affairs, Mr. Egemen Bagis, and his wife Beyza (shown in photo). Hosted by businesswoman Mutlu Alkan at the Rahmi Koc Museum’s restaurant Halat, this new community forum rotates groups of professionals from various sectors. The third such event, this was the first to be composed of expatriates.
Among the expatriate opinion leaders participating in the evening’s discussion were foreign correspondents and authors on modern Turkish politics Gareth Jenkins, author of Political Islam in Turkey, and former reporter for The Economist; Nicole Pope, co-author of Turkey Unveiled and former reporter for Le Monde; Dorian Jones of Deutsche Welle Radio, BBC, NPR, and Radio Netherlands; Sarah Rainsford of BBC; and Ariane Bonzon of Arte TV France and TSR/Swiss State TV. Business leaders included top management of foreign multinationals UPS, Cisco Systems, TEB Paribas Bank, as well as the director of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, the director of organic agriculture group Mavi Deniz, a professor of fine arts from Isik University, textile exporters, industrial machinery procuders, and independent consultants.
The open, frank dialogue ranged from amiable to intense: the history of Turkey’s struggle for EU accession, the probability, and the arguable necessity of it. The minister answered comments about the ruling Ak Party’s successes and lapses during the past five years. The evening ended in a consensus about the impressive infrastructure progress Turkey has made in recent years, overhauling labor laws, the tax code, foreign direct investment laws, and soon the commercial code as well as Turkey’s strides towards fully implementing the EU’s Copenhagen Criteria to preserve democratic governance and human rights. The minister’s active solicitation of ongoing outside opinion may be an indicator of increased advancement in this direction.