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While things seem to have gone a bit quiet with respect to the Lifestyle Migration in East Asia project, be assured plans are afoot!


Photo taking from web site of the International Women’s Association of Kuala Lumpur.

Exhibition, April 2015

Maggy and Rob are meeting up this week to discuss plans for our forthcoming Exhibition in Hong Kong next April. We will be showcasing elements of our work and we are hoping some of our research participants – YOU – will send us photos and videos about lifestyle migration in Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. There will be a special focus on growing older as migrants and on gendered experiences of lifestyle migration. Watch this space for more.

News Feature

We will soon be having a featured piece in the newsletter of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)

Germans in Hong Kong and Thailand

Meanwhile, you might be interested in reading this policy briefing about Germans living in Hong Kong and Thailand, by Thorsten Nieberg.

Time lapse video of Penang

Lifestyle Migrants in Penang often seem to celebrate their adopted country, sharing experiences, photos, blogs, events, advice and so on. Have a look at this wonderful time lapse video of Penang that has been circulating recently. It has been compiled by Fwukai Quah from over 15000 photos. Click here

What does lifestyle migration mean to you?

Livvie Cunningham (lifestyle migrant in KL) spent some time thinking what photos she could send us that expressed how she feels about her lifestyle in Malaysia. There are a fair few, she says:


    “the lovely fountain outside our home that would be inconceivable in London”




    “the cracking sunset I’m so lucky to see each evening”





     “doing the weekly shop – but these days at a local fruit & veg market”



“or perhaps a group shot of the lovely friends we made that marked the start of feeling so much more “embedded” here.  But the one I have attached says, perhaps, a bit more, despite being a much less beautiful photo. I took this snap at our local “posh” supermarket.  Stunned of course to see Waitrose Essential products there, but to see them priced higher than branded products seemed so backward! Seeing a Waitrose product made me think suddenly about how you feel when you move across the world: amused/frustrated so often by things that seem familiar but turn out to be quite different; oddly comforted to see a slice of “home” yet a bit guilty about that.  Is it ok to want to feel connected to things from the UK, when we moved out here to live a new, different life?  Which place should I refer to as “home” now?  If I bought that product, would I be “cheating” at life out here…? “

‘Chickynet’ : Local social networking for women in Thailand

Chickynet is a social networking website for women in Thailand. What started as a facebook site in Phuket has now become a multi-sited social network with over 2400 members scattered across different parts of Thailand. Chickynet was founded in April 2009 by Berthe Mandaat to make some new friends when she moved to Phuket from the Netherlands. Since then the site has expanded from its stronghold in Phuket, where over 1000 members still reside, to other locations such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Pattaya. Although the vast majority of members are ‘expats’ of different nationalities, Berthe estimates that around 10% of the membership is Thai, with the average age of members being 35 years old. The site is 100% member driven and an important source of information for both new arrivals in Thailand and established residents. Members offer advice and signposting to different services and amenities in their local area, such as where to find ‘good vegetarian restaurants in Phuket’, ‘yoga classes in Chiang Mai’, ‘hotels in Bangkok’ and ‘top quality sausage and bacon in Hua Hin’!

But Chickynet is more than just an online information portal, it is a local community of members that meet up and support each other offline in different places. As Berthe says ‘Chicky Net is sort of your own local neighborhood where you help each other out, the atmosphere is very friendly and positive…it’s a small and intimate network compared to other social media’. During my time in Hua Hin I was invited to two very welcoming (and fun!) Chickynet events where I met an international group of women who came to establish new friendships and re-connect with old ones (over a very civilised bottle of prosecco). As well as providing a social function for women to meet new people, Chickynet also acts as a support network in times of personal crisis, as Berthe says ‘Chickynet offers women an opportunity to find support that was not available before’.

Chickynet also showcases the experiences of women in Thailand through its blog roll, featuring interviews with expat women and showcasing women bloggers. British expat Teresa Shaw kindly agreed to share her Chickynet interview with us. She talks about her move to Thailand from Nottingham with her husband on a ‘gap year’ that never quite ended and her experiences as an English teacher in Hua Hin. Interestingly, she reveals that a key positive aspect about Thailand is the ‘lifestyle’. Read the full interview here.