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Shannon Young, Hong Kong

Published Friday January 25, 2013 (21:33:56)
Shannon Young
Who are you?

My name is Shannon Young. I’m an American writer and teacher currently living in Hong Kong. I love to read, write and spy on other people’s books on the train.

My work has appeared on numerous expat websites, on an iPhone travel app, and in the Hong Kong Women in Publishing Society’s annual publication. I’m the author a mini travel memoir called The Olympics Beat, and I write a blog called A Kindle in Hong Kong.    more ...

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Tom, Hong Kong

Published Tuesday January 15, 2013 (02:40:29)
Who are you?


Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to Hong Kong from Britain in 2005 on a post-graduate teaching programme and settled more permanently in 2007. I work in a primary school now and share my resources at

How did you find somewhere to live?

I was lucky to find a large flat in an old building. Hong Kong has the most expensive rental property market in the world.    more ...

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Doveen Schecter, Hong Kong

Published Tuesday January 15, 2013 (01:45:44)
Doveen Schecter
I came to Hong Kong just after the 1997 “Handover” of the British colony back to China. I had a little bit of savings in my pocket from my marketing job in Moscow with Deloitte. I was born in Hong Kong so I applied for permanent residency once I had tracked down my birth certificate. My boyfriend, a German photographer, whom I met in Moscow, came with me and we found a place to live on a tiny island called Cheung Chau through a friend from the photo world. My plan was to chill out after the stress of Russia in the late 90s and write my novel. Within a week I had a freelance job writing a brochure explaining broadband services to consumers. I found myself at Hong Kong’s largest telecom company in a strategy and design meeting with Hong Kong Chinese, Germans, British, and Australians all working to create a brochure and campaign. It was exciting, challenging and a cross-cultural trial-by-fire. I was hooked on Hong Kong.    more ...

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Lincoln Taylor, Hong Kong

Published Monday January 14, 2013 (17:17:52)
Lincoln Taylor
Who are you?

I am part of the management team for a large US based chain of language schools. Recruiting, training, and managing teachers are my main responsibilities. My father worked for IBM, so the family moved around quite a bit. First, from London to upstate New York and finally ending up in Sydney. So, from freezing winters the Family made the adjustment to baking Christmases at the beach with prawns replacing the turkey. Having caught the travel bug from my dad, I left Australia just as soon as I had graduated. I have worked in many countries including China, Japan, and Indonesia.    more ...

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Brittany Hite, Hong Kong

Published Sunday January 13, 2013 (14:40:45)
Brittany Hite
I'm an American journalist living and working in Hong Kong. I got here by way of Beijing, by way of New York, and originally come from Indiana.

I originally moved to Beijing because I found a job there. Before that, I was working in New York but was feeling a bit restless. I was working on the international desk at a newspaper there, and I saw all the successful editors had overseas experience, so I figured I ought to try to get some too. And I thought it would be much better (and easier) to do while I was young without too many obligations. After a year in Beijing, I found a better job in Hong Kong and have been here since August 2010.    more ...

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Nancy Bach, Hong Kong

Published Wednesday January 09, 2013 (02:01:43)
Nancy Bach
Who are you?

I am Nancy Bach, a wife and mother of three. I’m a chemical engineer by training, with an MBA in economics and marketing. I worked for Eastman Kodak for 28 years, first in technical, operational, and supervisory roles in manufacturing, and then as a business manager with responsibilities for strategic planning and product and market development. After leaving Kodak in 2004, I planned to be officially retired, doing some volunteer work, but mostly relaxing. That got old quickly and I found myself pursuing many new jobs. Now I work full-time, but in a combination of many roles: as consultant, teacher, writer/editor, and more.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

In 1995, we were living in Rochester NY, working for Eastman Kodak. I was in a global strategic planning role working with our regional marketing managers all over the world.    more ...

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Nicole Webb

Published Thursday November 22, 2012 (04:12:19)
Nicole Webb
Two years ago today, my life did what you might call a 180 degree turn! At 38 years old I went from being a News Reader with national 24 hour news channel Sky News Australia, where I'd worked happily (mostly) for the best part of a decade, to being an unemployed housewife, smack bang in the middle of one of the world's most populated cities.

I was living in a fairly comfortable apartment in Sydney's not so shabby Neutral Bay with my also not so shabby hotelier husband. My close-knit family was just a hop, skip and a jump up the road in Queensland and the tight-knit sisterhood of friendships built on a lifetime of shared experiences, all within 'wine quaffing' distance.

So what happened? I gave up my life as I knew it, took a plane ride and a leap of faith to what they call Asia's world city.    more ...

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Jade, The New Territories

Published Tuesday November 29, 2011 (04:41:26)
My husband and I at the top of Victoria Peak
I'm Jade, a 30-year-old originally from Melbourne, Australia, and now living in the New Territories of Hong Kong. With my husband, 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter, I live in a tiny village in the middle of a tropical rainforest with views of the South China Sea. Apart from the stench of drying fish (as seen in the photo below), we've found we've unexpectedly living in a lush paradise. We share our village with coloured finches, snakes, butterflies the size of my hand, cows, dragonflies and whole selection of other unidentifiable insects - as well as lots of locals who are happy to encourage us in our appalling attempts to master Cantonese!

We moved in December 2009. I am a court reporter and originally worked in the Federal Court of Australia. We moved here when I was offered a job in the High Court of Hong Kong. Our decision to move ultimately came down to making a decision regarding that perpetual question that plagues young families - security versus adventure - and choosing adventure!    more ...