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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.


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.

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

My last post for WGSS 320  June 13th, 2014

So here I am blogging like a “pro” and three months ago all I had ever done was read other peoples blogs.  I am feeling rather accomplished at all the technical skills I have learned this quarter in Gender and Technology.

I find it exciting to know the difference between a post and a page.  Concepts like these were “Greek” to me in week one of spring quarter 2014.  I learned so much more technology than I have ever before and the fun part was combining it with gender studies.  This is a topic I am becoming more passionate about as the second OSU WGSS class I have taken, and the third class in my Ecampus career.

The knowledge I learned in this class will take me further in my job skills, and in my personal life.  It has given me the confidence to know that I can learn new things and that persistence pays off, even as an older student going back to school as a junior.  This course was challenging in all kinds of ways, especially when I wanted so badly to have someone show me physically how to do something.  But the written directions were valuable for me to hone my detail skills even further.

I will use screenshots and spreadsheets to communicate online in the future.  Embedded hyperlinks are like taking a “cake walk” now, and I struggled with it at first.  However, I’ve learned a lot about the nuances of different internet browsers and how to accomplish more success with Blackboard with the right system compatibility.

All in all my classmates were wonderful partners in learning and critiquing and the class was structured very well.  Thanks to Professor Van Londen for being a very honest and helpful teacher.  This is by far the most work I’ve put into a three credit class yet, but it was well worth the effort.

RSS Feed  June 10th, 2014

I know it might be a little late, but I like the motto ” better late than never.”  So I added an RSS feed to my blog today.  I can see current technology news and hopefully will receive some extra credit points.

It feels like I’ve accomplished something more in my WGSS 320 Gender and Technology class, yet again.  I used Google News and was able to follow instructions for adding my feed and saving it.  I did name it technology as opposed to “Technology and Gender News”.  I hope that still works.  I think I became a little too excited about my progress without being succinct with the directions.  So I also decided to try to update the name.

And I’m not done recapping the course yet M. VanLonden!  Presently enjoying my first day of vacation in beautiful Central Oregon.  Life is good, albeit busy.

Looking ahead to the Financial Analysis project  June 1st, 2014

A list of my greatest dreams:

Retire by age 67+

Travel the globe

Promote world peace, maybe with activism to help establish the U.S. Department of Peace or policy to ignite the United States Institute of Peace

Build my cottage at the coast – has to have a porch, big area for sewing projects, be made of environmentally friendly construction and utility operations

Advocate for family friendly social policies

Research  June 1st, 2014

This new post will address whether the subject of my Gender Lens Project warrants further activism.  I chose the urinalysis test strip for my subject.  My research has found that it is a gender neutral medical product, so I do not believe further activism on that front is necessary.

Marketing is not an issue with this product.  It is widely distributed and known about in the medical community.  The household consumer might be better educated about it and then over the counter retail marketing would be more widespread.

Better recycling options are one area that could warrant further activism.  If the test strips could be made of something other than plastic, like recyclable plastics and the human urine on them could be disposed of so as not to be hazardous, the product would be a candidate for recycling.

There are many manufacturers of this product as well as many levels of specification and design.  With the high amount of emphasis on reuse, reduce and recycle of products for our ecosystems, it will be a matter of time before someone invents or introduces a more ecology-friendly urinalysis test strip that doesn’t go to the landfill.

Research on my Gender Lens Project  May 19th, 2014

I’ve begun to research and analyze a piece of technology, the urinalysis strip test.  Now to blog about it as requested under 7.5 instructions from Week 7 of WGSS 320 Gender and Technology class.

  • Research Success and Problems


(a) I’ve found lots of research sites and materials, all through the OSU Library.  I am always amazed at the resources it has to offer.  It’s fun to investigate and find sources.

(b) made it this far….making the grades.


(a) how to sort through the myriad of pages to find what it is I will write about,  specifically organizing a thoughtful paper in the way it can be done through the Gender Lens perspective.

(b) become technically savvy enough to do better on this project than the Cultural Research Project.  This is my challenge, as I seem to have difficulty at times on Blackboard Learn.  I’m not sure if it is me or the application.  I am having better success using Google Chrome as my browser, but wonder sometimes if Windows 8 or my internet provider/connection is not always optimal.

(c) I’m still feeling like I am getting up to speed on “how to do school again” with pursuing my degree, doing full-time work and this being my third class with Ecampus.

  • Contact with the librarians

I went to the link that Professor Van Londen had included under 2. Ask Other subject librarians, and found more ways to research under the OSU Library.  There are Research Guides with Course/Subject lists.  I found a subject librarian under public health, and it took me to the website Oregon.gov, which I use at work as well.  I found a guideline form which is pertinent to my subject.

  • Saving resources the bibliography tool of your choice

I’m using OneNote 2013.  I’m not sure it is the best tool, but it is part of my computer software package.



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.

Librarians Can Help  April 24th, 2014

As I continue to research for my Cultural Research Project, I’ve found all kinds of sources for my project. I’ve even found how easy it is to find something once, and then not be able to find that same source again. But fortunately, librarians are there to help.

One source of information I found on my topic during continued resource hunting is on microfiche in the Valley Library. I thought I would have to make a special trip to Corvallis in order to take copies from the microfiche reader, at a price per copy, as it said it could not be checked out of the library. But then, I realized our professor asked us to contact a reference librarian to fill in any specific questions we had. So I thought, maybe I should ask if there was a way that someone could copy the information for me and send it out like the other books and materials that can be checked out of the library and shipped to me directly via FedEx or postal or other shipping service.

As luck would have it, I emailed the Ecampus librarian and hit the jackpot with her response. She said

“You can request them through Interlibrary Loan https://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/ill

If it’s some specific articles, we scan them and mail them to you. If it’s the whole fiche, then we will mail the fiche and you would need to mail it back. You will need a microfiche reader on your end. It sounds like it’s specific articles so we can scan those. You’ll get an email when they are ready. Just follow the link in the email.”

I really appreciate all the resources that are so easily available for Ecampus students through the OSU library. Now I know how the Interlibrary works too. It was an easy form to fill out from the link and I expect an email tomorrow or soon regarding when I should see them at my house or maybe just emailed to me. All of this research helps me understand technology and its uses even better.

From the continued research sources for finding the biographical, cultural, statistical and technological details I’ve used the OSU library databases the most, but have also used EBSCO Women Studies International, Google Scholar, and The Library of Congress Science Reference Services to find most of my materials online. I was also able to use Google Play Store, and Powells.com to order some fairly cheap source material as well.