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Changing to Friday publication dates & more news

June 18th, 2019

Thanks for your patience while we continually grow, change and experiment. 

Next episode is coming out Friday, June 21st and then every other Friday after that. 

-Steph

Sunshine Summit August 2019

June 15th, 2019

Heather from Sunshine and Summit podcast is gearing up for her twice a year Sunshine Summit for August 2019, where she interviews Podcasters and other Content Creators about their projects to celebrate connections. I was delighted to be a guest on the Summit earlier this year (link below to the YouTube video) and will definitely be watching and talking to other viewers in the chatroom during many of the events. This is such a delightful event where we get to see Podcasters and hear their podstories. Thank you Heather for creating such an amazing event!

Sunshine Summit website: https://www.sunshinesummit.live/

Interview with Heather about the Summit: https://sunshineandpowercuts.podbean.com , "Connections: Sunshine, PowerCuts, Summits"

My Sunshine Summit spot from earlier this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-xE_M7P8EM

 

Ep 75: Summer Rylander: The Most Productive Procrastinator In Expatland

June 4th, 2019

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In this podcast episode we chat with Summer Rylander, an American expat who has been living in Nuremberg, Germany since 2015. Summer is a freelance food and travel writer with a fondness for cooking, reading, daydreaming, procrastinating, and taking long walks with podcasts. Her latest droolworthy publication in Culture Magazine is about Swedish cheese (yes, it’s a thing!). When Summer gets writing hungry, she also posts about food and cooking on her blog, Eat Something Go Somewhere.

Summer and Steph met on the @WeAreXpats rocur account, geeked out hard about many things living abroad and geopat oriented so much so that they have started a new creativity podcast together called “Creatively Complicated”, where they discuss the messiness of their own creativity. Additionally, they will be discussing “Global Soul”, the Pico Iyer book that Steph mentioned about halfway through the episode, in the Bookish Expats Podcast on June 24th.

If you have any comments or questions about this episode, please feel free to connect with me on any social media platform, stephfuccio is my handle literally everywhere.  

Summer’s Info:

-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summeroutside/

-“Discovering Cheese and Tradition in the Swedish North”  http://bit.ly/2EO8l4Y

-Her food blog: https://eatsomethinggosomewhere.com/about/

-Summer’s recent interview on the Expat Chit Chat Show http://bit.ly/2WavIeY

-Summer’s interview with Nicole of the Expat Cast Podcast http://bit.ly/314ztX8

GUEST Spots: (in order)

- Adam from the Odd Dad Out Podcast  https://apple.co/2Xj6rka

- Danny Salay from Travel Man Dan YouTube channel http://bit.ly/2Km9DrG

- Sarah from the Podcast Academy Podcast http://bit.ly/2WBO64T

- Paul Csomo from Varmints! Podcast https://apple.co/2Wexc7T

- Angry Ducky from the Duck in Games Podcast https://duckracy.com/feed/podcast

SHOW NOTES: (also in order)

-MIRC, https://www.mirc.com/

-Taiwan, Tealit site, https://tealit.com/

-Probetalk is now a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/originalprobetalk/

-AOL, https://www.aol.com/

-What’s App, https://www.whatsapp.com/

-Meetup.com, https://www.meetup.com/

-Virtual Expats review on the Podcast Radio Show Podcast: http://www.podcastrodeoshow.com/virtual-expats/

Note: In retrospect, I made some pretty important changes to the podcast based on this review. I still don’t like the focus of the review but the feedback was very useful. Thank you Dave Jackson!

-Pico Iyer (Steph’s Global Soul mentor), http://bit.ly/2HSbJOv

-”Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert http://bit.ly/2KmvCid

-Malcolm Gladwell http://bit.ly/2Z7egtP

-Jo from Life in Breathes on Virtual Expats Podcast http://bit.ly/2MrAHIM

-Stevie’s ‘fine’ challenge in his Virtual episode http://bit.ly/2WlhlcV

-Creativity Complicated Podcast -Summer and Stephanie’s new podcast 

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Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website, Apple Podcasts page,

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Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our podcasts: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

This episode was created with:

Ep 74: Kelly Merks: The Comfort of Mundanality Online

May 14th, 2019

If you like this episode, feel free to buy me a coffee here: Buy Me A Coffee

In this podcast episode we chat with Kelly Merks, a Texas expat who has lived abroad since 2011, in Japan and in the Netherlands. Her Twitter bio tells is: “A Texan full of fernweh (NOTE: “fernweh is a German word that means “ A Farsickness or Longing for Unseen Places.). Noob knitter and clay thrower. Fairy godmother of @WeAreXpats, a project of @xpatarchive: http://wearexpats.org “ @WeAreXpats is how Kelly and I first met online and connected over discussions of place, social medianess and expat life. For those of you not familiar with rocur accounts, they are rotating accounts where usually 1 person in that category (in this case, an expat) tweets for a week and then the account will rotate to another person after that. Kelly started this rocur account while she was a volunteer at the Expatriate Archive Center in The Hauge where she now is their Public Relations Manager. Outside of the EAC, Kelly also is raising a tiny human with her husband and somehow finds time to write about her geographic pondering in her blog, Bullet Trains & Bike Lanes.

Kelly’s Info:

https://xpatarchive.com/

http://wearexpats.org/

Kelly’s culture comparison blog: Bullet Trains and Bike Lanes

https://btabl.wordpress.com/about-the-author/

Show Notes:

-China Influencer Podcast : http://www.chinainfluencermarketing.com/

-U.S. centric websites that Kelly stopped using overseas: Hulu, Netflix

-Line: Japanese messaging app, which is also very popular in Thailand (Kelly says they have the best stickers but I, as a WeChat user in China, am very skeptical!)

-International Podcast Day WhatsAppinar presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUSZqdH5DDE

-Janeane Garofalo: “living every day like it’s my last is exhausting…” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u03J-CelRaU

-Pico Iyer TEDTalk, “Where is Home?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m6dV7Xo3Vc

-Being Tokyo rocur account: https://twitter.com/beingtokyo?lang=en

-Yi-Fu Tuan, Geography Scholar who focuses on placelessness: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi-Fu_Tuan

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn  & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website, Apple Podcasts page, subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSS, and our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our podcasts: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

This episode was created with:

 

Ep 73: Hao Wu: China-U.S. Binational Documentarian

April 30th, 2019

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 In this podcast episode we chat with China-United States Binational Documentarian Hao Wu about how his movement between these two countries has affected what he has done online, both in personal and professional capacities. Hao grew up in China and has had healthy movement from China to the U.S. and back in his adult life. Although he is currently based in New York City, he admits that he is most interested in stories about China. One of these China focused projects, People’s Republic of Desire, is about the Chinese live streaming platform YY and specifically about two popular Hosts on the platform. This documentary was screened in Shanghai, where I am currently living, earlier this year. Shannon Martin of Podbean and our local Host of the Podcast Brunch Club was there as well. In fact, during the screening and for days after the event, Shannon and I exchanged ideas, questions and ponderings about the documentary. We are very grateful that Hao was kind enough to agree to an interview so we could ask him about when the Internet became an integral part of his daily life, how creating a documentary about the trials and tribulations of live streaming for years affected his own online activities and the how his online tasks change, even now, when he flies from the U.S. to China and vice versa.    

Special Note: Hao’s new project, All In My Family, about his alternative family journey from within a traditional Chinese family structure, will be out on Netflix on May 3rd.

GUEST Hao Wu:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/beijingloafer

Overview of Hao’s work: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hao_Wu_(director)

CO-HOST Shannon Martin:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannonmartinwrites/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/twowhotravel?lang=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shannonmartinsamie

SHOW NOTES:

“All in My Family” trailer and info

https://www.netflix.com/hk-en/title/80208662

http://bit.ly/2vrutgL

 Shanghai Foreign Correspondents Club:

https://www.shanghaifcc.org/

Computer screen color history, https://www.pcworld.com/article/209224/historic-monitors-slideshow.html#slide15

KOL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_opinion_leader

 WHO gaming disorder, https://www.who.int/features/qa/gaming-disorder/en/

 Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn  & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website You can subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSSand our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

 This episode was created with:

Ep 72: Andy Curtain: Australian Comedian and Podcaster in Shanghai, China

April 9th, 2019

If you like this episode, feel free to Buy Me A Coffee

 In this podcast episode we chat with long term China Expat Andy Curtain about his geographical movement from Melbourne, Australia to Shanghai, China and what effect it had on his online activities/presence. Even though he was online quite early in Australia with IRC and ICQ, he admits that most of his current online activities have been utility based, focusing on his stand up comedy promotions and community building. As a fellow Content Creator (and Influencer, lol), I find it very interesting that the making of his podcast, Stuck in the Middle, helps him process his own comedic material. There is so much to say about Andy, the deep impression he has made on the stand up comedy scene in China and his own business savvy that has impacted how I think of my own creative endeavors on and offline in the short time since this interview took place. But for now I will just say thank you Andy for coming on the show and sharing your story.   

Andy’s Info:

Kung Fu Komedy, http://www.kungfukomedy.com/

Stuck In The Middle Podcast, http://www.kungfukomedy.com/series/stuck-middle/

More background on Kung Fu Comedy and its impact on Stand up in Shanghai & China, https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/asia/shanghai-comedy-clubs-stand-up-china-mandarin-asia-kung-fu-komedy-a8489976.html

Mamahuhu , https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmH8FWFRkbfsYj-zXsEvypQ

Show notes:

IRC, Internet Relay Chat, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Relay_Chat

ICQ, https://www.techspot.com/article/1771-icq/

WeChat , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WeChat

M2M, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_to_machine Versus Internet of things

aughts (2000’s) , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aughts

Expat Podcast Promo Swap: The Expat Cast, https://theexpatcast.podbean.com/

Instagram @theexpatcast , Facebook @theexpatcast, Twitter @theexpatcast

Alessio Avezzano, MamaHuhu, http://www.alessioavezzano.com/mamahuhu

Poly morph self , http://www.polymorphself.com/

Donny Does YouTube , https://www.youtube.com/user/DonnieDoesIt/featured

Barstool Sports, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5PrkGgI_cIaSStOyRmLAKA

Rent a boyfriend Mamahuhu video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hdA-Wd-b9M

Andy’s podcast episode with Dean Edwards, https://soundcloud.com/futhamuckinprotocol/the-futhamuckin-andy-curtainkung-fu-komedy-episode-road-warrior-sessions-vol-23

Nigerian drug dealer episode: http://www.kungfukomedy.com/podcasts/ep-18-sam-high-times/

Blackstone Magic  Bar, Shanghai, China, https://www.blackstonemagicbar.com/

Joe Shaffer, http://joe-shaffer.com

Melbourne International Comedy Festival, https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn  & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website You can subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSSand our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

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Ep 71: Eva Yoo: South Korean Tech Journalist who has lived in Ecuador, the U.S, UK and China

March 26th, 2019

If you like this episode, feel free to Buy Me A Coffee

In this podcast episode we chat with Eva Yoo, a Korean Tech Journalist who has lived in the U.S., the UK, Ecuador, Israel and China. Last year she completed an 8 month cycling trip from Shanghai, China to the UK, along the ancient Silk Road. During this trip she did many interviews with people working in startups. But Eva is so much more than the sum of these actions: she is a kind, thoughtful and curious person who makes the balancing of IRL and VRL (offline and online lives) look easy and I greatly admire her for that.  

Eva’s info:

Eva’s bike trip site, https://www.seekroad.co/

https://twitter.com/evayooare?lang=en

Email: evayooare@gmail.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eva-chaewon-yoo-b645aa6b/

Her blog (in Korean): https://evaisup.blogspot.com/

Show notes:

-Podcast Brunch Club, thanks Adela for creating it AND to our local host in Shanghai,  Shannon. This is where Eva and I met.

-TVXQ (music group Eva talked about),  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TVXQ

-Cyworld, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyworld

-Naver, like Baidu in China and Google internationally, https://searchengineland.com/naver-the-google-of-south-korea-11627

-Kakao Talk, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KakaoTalk

-Meaningful Discussion Meetup Group (Shanghai, China), https://www.meetup.com/meaningfuldiscussions-shanghai/

-The Story of Stuff , the consumerism video Eva talked about

 Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn  & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website You can subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSSand our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

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Ep 70: Alexandra Talty: American Travel Journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon

March 5th, 2019

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In this episode we chat with Alexandra Talty, an American who has lived on and offline in Italy, the Dominican Republic and Beirut, Lebanon, where she has been based for 4 years now. Over the years Alexandra has taken full advantage of online opportunities available via blogs/blogging, social media platforms, and YouTube. She maintains a healthy IRL-VRL (online-offline) balance with regular social media fasts and by participating in and hosting online groups that meet in person. She is very honest and candid about her experiences being a foreign, American, female Journalist and all of the advantages and disadvantages those pieces of her identity invite as she works online while living abroad.  

Show notes:

-Instagram #nomadgirls hashtag (Alexandra’s favorite living overseas hashtag)

-Numbeo, Global Cost of Living Website

-Matador Network & Nomatic Matt

-Travel Massive MeetUp Group (Beirut)

-Hostelword, Hostelzs.com

-Humans of New York (English), Humans of Amman (Arabic)

-Fly with Haifa

-Hey Nadine

-Oneika the traveler

-Japanese onsen (hot springs) video. It IS as beautiful a place as it seems.  

-Radio ambulante: like This American Life, Spanish language

-Beirut electricity phone app

-Careem Scooter rental in Beirut

-Long way round, Long Way Down motorcycle travel documentary with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

-Postcards from Beirut series

-Lindie Botes

-Speedtest, global internet speed

-Alexandra’s article on Trump and tourism:  U.S. Economy Losing Billions As ‘Trump Slump” Continues in Tourism Sector

-Beirut, Lebanon walking tour article

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn  & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website You can subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSSand our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Ep 69: Greg from the Bangkok Podcast : Chat rooms, Blogs & Podcasts

February 12th, 2019

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 THIS WEEK we chat with Greg from the Bangkok Podcast . Greg moved from his passport country of Canada to Thailand 17 years ago. His IRC chatroom habits at home changed quite a bit since this move and we try to sort out (Canadian vowel here folks!)  if it was the changing digital landscape or his move to another country (and all of the cultural and social changes that go with the expat experience) that brought on these changes, including writing his blog, Greg to Differ and creating the Bangkok Podcast.

Note: If you’ve been following Virtual Expats Podcast for awhile you may recognize the Bangkok Podcast from a review I did of it back when the podcast was called the Armchair Expat (not available online anymore, sorry!) Special thanks needs to go out to Greg’s co-hosts present and past of the Bangkok Podcast: 1. Ed Knuth is the current (and wonderful) co-host of the show but we also need to mention Greg’s previous co-hosts on the podcast: 2. Evo Terra (master of many projects but the one I am, a Podcaster, currently obsessed with is “Podcast Pontifications”) and 3. Anthony Joh of the “Speak Up Asia” Podcast.

Items mentioned in this episode:

-Virtual Expat Podcast is Podbean’s podcast of the week!

-Greg’s projects

Blog  http://www.gregtodiffer.com/

Podcast  https://www.bangkokpodcast.com/

-IRC: Internet Relay Chat

-Smiling Albino Tours https://www.smilingalbino.com/

-Chatbooks  https://chatbooks.com/download-the-app/

-China’s live streaming, eating boom

https://www.scmp.com/tech/enterprises/article/2124662/chinas-booming-live-streaming-industry-may-have-reached-its-peak

-Actor Conan Stevens, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1947403/

-History of Rome Podcast: Mike Duncan

-Reddit, popping page

Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn  & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website You can subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSSand our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/

Ep 68: Creatrix Tiara : Performance Artist, Creative Soul & Virtual Thought Leader

December 27th, 2018

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 THIS WEEK we chat with Creatrix Tiara. Tiara started interacting with others online in chat rooms at 10 years old while IRL living in Malaysia. Over the years Tiara’s geographical path has included locations in Malaysia, Australia and the U.S. While Tiara’s geographic life shifted, Tiara’s online life seems to have had an upward trajectory in notariety and impact due to the candid and eloquent vocalization of immigrant and queer issues. Like many Online Content Creators, Tiara’s work going viral has not balanced notoriety with financial freedom. But perhaps that will change with the Queer Lady Magician show Tiara is currently doing (the next round of which will take place at the Melbourne LGBTQ Festival Midsumma from January 30-February 3, 2019). Judging from the voluminous body of work, Tiara will no doubt keep writing and creating for as long as possible. This passion to analyze, share and question is what first led me to Tiara’s creations and is why I love keeping up to date on what Tiara is doing.  

Items mentioned in this episode:

-Creatrix Tiara’s website AND  Patreon page

-Virtual Expat Podcast review of Tiara’s work from July 2017, episode 40

-ABC (Australian network) “What’s On Your Phone” series

-Grey Matter

-Savage Garden’s “Crash and Burn” song in sign language

-”All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane” (movie)

-Tiara’s Educate Deviate Education blog

-Tiara’s Viral blog post ”Goodbye, Ello: Privacy, Safety, and Why Ello Makes Me More Vulnerable to My Abusers and Harassers” that was picked up by the Washington Post AND The New Yorker interview that ensued

-Slut Walk AND Tiara with a poster of her viral quote

-Gaby Dunn article on the financial hardships of being a YouTuber

 Would love to hear from you! Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn  & you can even leave a voice message on Speakpipe

Where to find Virtual Expat Podcast: Virtual Expats Podcast website You can subscribe on : iOS , Android devices, RSSand our email list: for weekly podcasting updates

Music courtesy of Damon Castillo, https://www.damoncastillo.com/ , song "I Hope You Figured It Out" on the "Mess of Me" album

Check out all of our projects here: https://stephfuccio.weebly.com/