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Culture Change, Identity Shift

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Two weeks ago I got my hair cut. Not trimmed, but cut. Probably eight inches or so, into a totally new style. I warned the stylist ahead of time that I might get emotional. “I have all these pregnancy hormones, and you can never tell what will make me cry,” I told her.  She saw right through […]

How Living Overseas Drained the Extrovert out of Me

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Living overseas changes you, though not always in the ways you expect. For example, I knew that in order for me to adapt to life in China, my preference for advanced planning would need to be adjusted. I knew my time-orientation would need to shift towards event-orientation. I would probably even need to tone down […]