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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I googled you...

Have you ever "Googled" someone? If you were to “google” me, you'd get a pretty good snapshot of my life... a profile on Linked In, a Facebook page, my wedding website, a profile about my apartment on a local Washingtonian website... so I decided, perhaps I could! Well perhaps not "you" specifically, but the term Expatriate.

The first website that popped up was Wikipedia; a definition was a good place to start.


An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person's upbringing or legal residence. The word comes from the Latin ex (out of) and patria (country, fatherland).

This definition wasn’t a big surprise. It was close to how I would define an expatriate, after all I'm in the business of working with expatriates and I meet a lot of you when I travel to your local community, embassy, clubs, etc... However, it did give me pause... what do you think about the word "expatriate"? Do you identify with this term? Expatriate is largely a western term. Wikipedia asked me if I'd like to search additional related terms such as:

Alien (law)
Ethnic enclave
Canadians of convenience
Third Culture Kids

I've heard most of them before (or thought some of them to be strange related terms), but the best one by far, the one that I just HAD to see more about was: Cosmopolitanism

Cosmopolitanism is the idea that all of humanity belongs to a single moral community. This is contrasted with communitarian theories, in particular the ideologies of patriotism and nationalism. Cosmopolitanism may or may not entail some sort of world government or it may simply refer to more inclusive moral, economic, and/or political relationships between nations or individuals of different nations [citation needed]. A person who adheres to the idea of cosmopolitanism in any of its forms is called a cosmopolite.

Perhaps if expatriate isn't working for you, you could give cosmopolite a try... sounds cool at least.


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