A different perspective: Introducing my new “Black Expats” video series!


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My new video series chronicling the African-American/Black expat experience.

This year I want to tell other people’s stories more so I’m very excited and proud to put out the first video in my new series focusing on the Black expat experience.

But why Black expats/ African-American expats in particular?

Good question! Because, while so much has been said about the Black Travel Movement, not much attention has been given to the brothers and sisters who have made lives overseas.

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Once upon a time when I lived in Mexico… Photo taken in 2007, when I visited San Miguel de Allende for the weekend.

As a Black travel blogger who is also a serial expat (read my bio— I’m Canadian-born but have lived in France, England, Mexico, Hong Kong, and now the USA), I clearly have a vested interest in putting this narrative out there. Besides, I get the following questions often:

  • Where is the Black expatriate community strongest?
  • What are the best countries for Black families to live?
  • What are some African American-friendly countries/ countries that love Black people?
  • What are the best places for African-Americans to live abroad?
  • Which are the best countries for Black people to visit?
  • What are the best places for Black families to live?
  • Which are the best countries for Black tourists?
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I lived in London from 2011-2013; this was taken in Notting Hill, when my mom came to visit me in 2012.

Over the 750 or so posts on this blog (whoa!) I’ve more or less chronicled my personal experiences; I’ve said many times before that moving abroad is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  After all, when you live overseas in a different country and culture, every day is an adventure! In my years living abroad, I’ve learned a lot and have also been blessed to meet the most amazing people.

Black expats: my new video series

Which brings me back to this new video series of mine and my goal for this year, which is to highlight other people’s stories. This video series is a pet project and a labour of love: I interviewed my girlfriends in Hong Kong (where I lived for 4.5 years) and asked them to shed some light on their journey to Asia, the best thing about living abroad, their fears prior to moving, and the reactions from their family and friends.

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In my beloved Hong Kong, where I lived for nearly 5 years

This clip below is a compilation of their answers– I’ll release the longer, individual videos in the coming weeks on my Facebook page and Youtube channel (don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss any updates).  So please sit back, watch, enjoy, learn… and be inspired.

Are you a Black expat/ African-American expat? Have you ever lived abroad? Would you consider it?



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  • I want to live abroad. I’ve been considering Hong Kong and Shanghai as places to start teaching first. I’ve been looking for input from other black people/ teachers living abroad. I’m curious of the pros and cons of each city. As well as which agencies are best for each country. I’m also considering more strongly Korea and Japan.

  • Great series idea. I know the ladies briefly stated what they did, it would be nice if possible to hear more about how your featured expats support themselves overseas. I know you’ve covered opportunities like teaching english abroad in other blog posts so more specific details about how those featured in the series went about (financially) planning for life overseas would be great.

  • I loved this! Its so funny to see hair was a concern for so many because I instantly think of that as well lol.

  • I love this and I love the variety of women you interviewed. Im just finishing up a year in Korea and will be trying to make the move to Spain next. I related to everything those women were saying and I look forward to the other videos.

  • I saw this on YouTube and loved it. It’s a great idea! I’m a Black expat currently in my fourth year abroad. I spent two years in Venezuela. Now I’m wrapping up year two in Indonesia. Your blog is wonderful! Thanks for your continued honesty, tips, and openness.

  • I have been living in France for 7 years now spend 4 years In Ghana so I can totally relate to it. That’s a great idea I can’t wait for the next video!

  • I’m so glad you’re doing this! I’ve asked you before about what life’s like for black Americans living in Germany. Based on what I know about that country, I have a request for your black expat piece on Germany, which might apply elsewhere too.
    Berlin, East Germany, Bavaria, and other parts of the West have different histories of black residents, so experiences there today would be different. Can you please try to include people from different places in the country, and label them very clearly? 🙂

  • This video is great. I hope some of the others will also have men in them, talking about reactions they’ve gotten.

  • I’m looking for a place to live abroad it would be great to know some places to live where there are black expats

  • I have been traveling for awhile but always on visitor visas so I’m forced to move every few months. How can you relocate to some places like Paris or Japan if you are not a citizen? The options seem really limited.

  • I love living abroad. I moved to (mainland) China a year ago… and I’m not looking back. Living abroad I feel safer, happier and healthier. The city where I live is very small with very few other black people. But I’m a stones throw from Hong Kong… which is awesome. And I’ve heard great things about Shanghai… although I haven’t made it up that way yet.

    • Hi Samantha, I’m Saraah from usa!! I’m looking to relocate abroad. It’s awesome to see and hear other African Americans abroad. I’m looking into moving to an Asian country that has African American expat?! Do you have any ideas?!

  • I was born in Zambia Africa and have had the privilege of living on three continents. I lived in Zambia and Zimbabwe for a total of 17 years, lived in the USA for a total of 15 years and now live in the UK for 7 years. We will be migrating yet again within the next 12 months.Now that I am married and with kids, my dream has always been to settle in South Africa, mainly because that is where my ancestors are originally from but also the first-world amenities. I have visited South Africa off and on for the last 7 years, spending 7 months in Joburg and a couple of months in Cape-town. But with were the country is at present and were it is going, it is difficult to justify moving my family there regardless of the ancestral roots. So we have proceeded to look at Australia and Canada. We really REALLY REALLY liked Australia hahahah, but the racial component made us a little bit uncomfortable. Since we have no desire to return to the USA, we have decided on Canada. Anyone with thoughts on Canada, specifically B.C and Halifax N.S. would be welcome

  • My wife and I are planning on moving to Mexico in the Spring ’18. One of our criterion is that the location must have a diverse culture that succeeds without racial bias. So, it was a delight when I found your blog. Thanks you for sharing your experiences, and since San Miquel de Allende is at the top of our list and you’ve been there, too, we consider that a large plus.

  • I’ll be traveling to Hong Kong in February and was wondering if there was a good way to meet any black expats ?

  • Hi Oneika!
    I have watched the video of your friends living in HK about 10 times before I decided to accept to move here! They seemed so happy! I left Paris and here I am!
    After 2 weeks am settled but am looking for a community to share experiences with! Do you still know people in HK I could link up with?
    Thanks and great job on this blog 🙂

  • Asia would definitely be my first pick if I ever was to travel anywhere. It’s such a varied continent and there’s so much to do and see and experience there. Very cool that you interviewed Caribbean ladies as well. I always wonder how people have to courage to leave their homes and travel so far away. I wish I could have that courage.

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