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Presentation for ANTH 478 Research Project  March 15th, 2023

How do retirees make tourism choices in consideration of becoming an expatriate?

  • What is the definition of an expatriate?
  • Where do expatriates travel to, stay, and what do they do with their time and with whom?
  • What kitsch/souvenirs do they collect?
  • Does gendering, racism, sexism and/or ageism factor into expatriate tourism?
  • Are they working in a new job or did they arrive as an expatriate from a current or previous work situation?
  • Are cost savings, climate, a current, future or previous study abroad program or politics motivational reasons?
  • What is the average expatriate stay?
  • How do these questions provide insights and reflect upon our course themes?
  • Conclusion and Cite References

Tourism as an expatriate

There are so many questions and possibilities in this subject, but I choose to look at it from a personal perspective, and to focus on how I can use this research as a possibility for tourism and travel in my retirement. The demographics and questions I hope to answer then are where to travel, with whom, why would I choose to be an expatriate and when. In finding perspectives of research from others in the field, it has helped me to see if my expected plans are realistic or a long shot. I am also including an ethnographic vignette from a friend that I interviewed over the phone about her teaching English in China for about five years. Although she is not retirement age and came back to the U.S.A., her information is valuable about living in a country where you are not a citizen from birth.

I love the blog post as a way to keep the history of my schooling and studies always at my fingertips of the past and for future reference. Please feel free to give me feedback in the comment section here or on the week 10 discussion reply.


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Review of an artist I admire  December 4th, 2022

I met Ari when she was in high school and I was a sponsor for a youth group through my church. At a regional event retreat she was assigned to my group of about 10 teenagers with another adult leader. From this introduction I remember her as a beautiful and caring kid. And yes, she still is as kind and grown as a talented adult about 15 years later.
Through the years our paths have crossed many times through her friendship between our families, but lately, I interviewed her and we caught up at lunch along with her lovely six-year old daughter after not seeing them for a couple of years.
Ari Harris has been involved with teaching for many years and is a singer-songwriter with a repertoire of folk and meditative music. Please give a listen to her on SoundCloud at https://on.soundcloud.com/3nLyg and also to her band at https://on.soundcloud.com/PzPvB
I am watching her confidence and talent grow through the years and am excited to see her living her dream in the Portland area with beautiful music. Looking forward to seeing her at a venue near me soon.

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A new look at my blog  October 17th, 2022

I am reviewing my blogging life.

I have started a new website for the first time ever to develop an online presence. My hope is to be able to transfer my old blog to this website and continue my work in progress. This most recent class I am taking for OSU is ART 451, and it has reminded me that I need goals! One goal I am seeking is a review of my blogging and incorporating it into this project by seeing if my farsighted dream of using my musical voice is even a possibility. Is it real or imagined?

I have been looking at S.M.A.R.T. goals and this is what I came up with as my initial goal:

  • I would like to use my voice in song as a feminist advocate, as a singer in a choir, or as a substitute teacher in a K-12 classroom. Truth be told, I would go so far as to be a backup singer in a band.
  • Here is the deal. I want to accomplish the joy of music as a way to give musical voice to peaceful protests, spiritual venues, or even entertainment venues, or as a classroom teacher learning with children. My voice is not so great singularly, but I love to sing, especially harmonies.
  • Since I am presently working full-time in administrative support at a public K-12 school and I am 18 or so credits away from graduating with a BA in WGSS/ED, I may have to work seriously on this goal after I retire in 1.5-5 years, or after I graduate, whichever comes first!
  • I will measure progress by being able to connect with an audience in a march, church, bar, concert/theatre or school setting.
  • My skills need to be polished. I have not sung in a choir or taken voice lessons for many years. By connecting with musicians I can get the rust off. My motivation is the love I have of spreading a message through voice, either as a cheerleader/chanter, songstress/singer, or hummer/whistler.
  • By setting this goal now, my seeking another career or life journey in this new medium is underway and relevant.

“I will use my voice in song as a feminist, and vocalist in a group to spread the joy of music in marches/protests, spiritual venues or classrooms for learning opportunities and connections by 2024-2027.”

Robin Lindeen-Blakeley, October 2022
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Challenges and Progress  May 5th, 2014

It is very late for me to be finding out that I am not able to complete embedded links in my blog without them looking like a mile long http:// URL address. Since I learned how to do it correctly on Discussion Board in Blackboard, it seems as though I should be able to do it here in my Cultural Research Project blog.
Unfortunately I have tried without success for quite a while, and now I must get some sleep and find out tomorrow.

Progress otherwise on my publication seems OK. Feedback from my professor and classmates will tell me if I have done alright.

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Declaring my topic for the Cultural Research Project  April 19th, 2014

My Cultural Research Project will be about:

Who is she? Valerie Thomas

Where is she from and how does her culture differ from yours? She was born in Maryland and is an African-American.

What is her technology? Her technology is the invention of a patented illusion transmitter.

When did she live? She was born in May 1943 and is almost 71 years old.

Write about the possibility of interviewing the woman if she is still living. I will try to interview her for this project.

Note which of the research sources listed above in step 3.3 (exploring topic ideas) were the most helpful for you to find your topic:

It was step 1, although I did enjoy the many videos and resources on a wide variety of amazing women in technology.

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