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Balancing Cultures

Balancing Cultures

By Meghan Kitchen
Independent Podcast using personal stories from around the world to explore the balancing of cultures in our lives and in ourselves. Show Notes & More at balancingcultures.com
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Ep. 39: Nordic Mum Down Under – Holding onto Scandinavian Culture in Australia
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-39/ ….. Episode 39: Nordic Mum Down Under – Holding onto Scandinavian Culture in Australia ….. What do you think of when I say Nordic? What about Scandinavian? Susanna Heiskanen was born and raised in Finland before moving abroad. She’s always been Finnish as she’s lived around the world. But it was not until she became a parent that she really reflected on her Nordic culture, what it means to her and how she wants to embrace in her everyday life. Even once she chose to embrace her roots, she says, it’s difficult to hold onto the language and culture while living in a different country. But She’s doing her best and podcasting along the way as The Nordic Mum.
42:08
April 29, 2021
Ep. 38: Inclusion in Media Matters – From Family Structures to Disabilities, The Power in Representation
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-38/ ….. Episode 38: Inclusion in Media Matters – From Family Structures to Disabilities, The Power in Representation ….. Beth Cox works with people across the board in the publishing industry but our conversation is about more than books. We expand on the topics of disabilities, family structure and diversity into discussions about representation in all media, including a very unfortunate example of what not to do. This episode is for everyone, not just parents, not just people with kids in their lives. It is for everyone who consumes media (which I assume is everyone) because we all have the power to make choices that guide publishers and content creators. This conversation is not about shaming. It’s about moving forward, educating ourselves, and knowing the importance of seeking out new perspectives.
47:50
April 22, 2021
Ep. 37: Is This Balancing – Is Every Choice Influenced by Culture?
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-37/ ….. Episode 37: Is This Balancing – Is Every Choice Influenced by Culture? ….. Announcements - Sign up for the newsletter and check out website updates! For the last year, as I reached out to guests or considered topics of conversation, One question that comes up is - Is This Balancing? Is this balancing CULTURES? I believe, how we approach everything, even the little things like, do you make your toothbrush wet before the toothpaste or do you sleep with socks on, is all linked to some type of influence. The question is – is it from culture?
12:40
April 15, 2021
Ep. 36.3: I Dream of Packing Suitcases – Things We Miss After a Year Without Travel: The Places We Chose for Ourselves
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-36-3/ ….. Episode 36 part 3: I Dream of Packing Suitcases – Things We Miss After a Year Without Travel: The Places We Chose for Ourselves ….. They are not the countries we were born in, they are place we chose for ourselves. In this episode we welcome back 2 Balancing Cultures Alumni: Lisa Davis (Ep. 26) and Ann Heiliger (Ep. 4), to reflect on the places they’ve called home. Both American born, and both chose to live abroad. First we hear from Lisa, currently living in Germany but missing The UK, Ireland and The USA. Then, to close this 3 part series, we hear from Ann who is living back in the place she grew up in Portland, OR, USA, but misses many things about life in Germany. Part 3 Includes Perspectives From: USA, Germany, UK, Ireland
36:58
April 1, 2021
Ep. 36.2: I Dream of Packing Suitcases – Things We Miss After a Year Without Travel: The Comfort of the Familiar
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-36-2/ ….. Episode 36 part 2: I Dream of Packing Suitcases – Things We Miss After a Year Without Travel: The Comfort of the Familiar ….. The place matters. Sometimes we miss the food products and shopping from the places we’ve called home. But sometimes we just need the place itself. The feeling we get being there that cannot be packed into a suitcase: The weather, the sounds, the proximity to people we love.  Part 2 Includes Perspectives From: Malaysia, Penang, India, New Delhi, USA, Germany.
33:19
March 25, 2021
Ep. 36.1: I Dream of Packing Suitcases – Things We Miss After a Year Without Travel: Sounds, Snacks, Shopping & Siblings
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-36-1/ ….. Episode 36 part 1: I Dream of Packing Suitcases – Things We Miss After a Year Without Travel: Sounds, Snacks, Shopping & Siblings ….. It has been 1 year since I was on an airplane. We flew from Australia to our home in Germany on March 18th, 2020 and went into lockdown on March 21st, 2020.  Since then it has been a lot of what-ifs and definitely-nots around travel. For our family and many people I know, It meant no international travel since that day. Although I’ve grown up away from family my whole life, the last year felt different. I miss things. For Episode 36 parts 1 and 2, six of us will share the things we miss, especially in the last year, from the places we’ve called home. People, places, food and more. Part 1 Includes Perspectives From: USA, Germany, England, Poland, Philippines.
39:37
March 18, 2021
Ep. 35: Resilience in Translation - From Idioms & Italics to Connect for Culture: The Woes & Wonders of Translating
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-35/ ….. Episode 35: Resilience in Translation - From Idioms & Italics to Connect for Culture: The Woes & Wonders of Translating ….. Resilience in Translating… I didn’t truly understand the reliance needed for translating until this interview. I knew translation was not a word for word process, but the challenges are much more complex than untranslatable idioms. Translation contains culture and context and layers that do not easily shift between languages. But my guest says, the exchange of texts between cultures is worth any headaches and potential ‘lost in translation’ moments. In this interview, you will meet Lawrence Schimel: Author, Translator, and Duende Seeker. A New Yorker living in Spain and working with people from around the world.
40:54
March 11, 2021
Ep. 34: Silver Haired Curve Model – Body Confidence Activist & Out of the Bubble after 40
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-34/ ….. Episode 34: Silver Haired Curve Model – Body Confidence Activist & Out of the Bubble after 40 ….. Not just a New Career After 40...⁠ a New Perspective. This silver haired curve model spent years saying no to opportunities and letting self-consciousness guide her decision making. At 39 years old, Rachel Peru took inventory of her life and stepped out of her bubble because it is never too late to say yes, take risks, and believe in yourself. But What sparked this awakening and what steps were on her way to genuine confidence… Listen to Episode 34 to hear her story.
31:57
March 4, 2021
Ep. 33: Growing Up Diplomatic – Indian Roots, International Upbringing, American Life, & Bookstagram for Balancing
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-33/ ….. Episode 33: Growing Up Diplomatic – Indian Roots, International Upbringing, American Life, & Bookstagram for Balancing ….. Heritage, Roots, Culture… What’s the word I’m looking for? My guest was born to Indian parents, but not in India. She grew up around the world as a diplomat’s daughter. Although her parents have since retired back in India, she has found home in Chicago, USA. Saranya is Indian. But as you will hear as she shares her story, it has been a lifetime of discovery, finding which parts of Indian culture feel most authentic to who she is. Especially now that she is a parent and deciding what values and traditions they will embrace as a family. Even if she needs to google all the recipes. Once we get to know Saranya, we will dig into her public life as a content creator, promoting social awareness with a side of kid’s books @Toddlers.Who.Read Because to understand what she does now, it’s best to know where she has been.
56:35
February 25, 2021
Ep. 32.2: The Expat Who Stayed - A Brit Balancing in Belgium for Over 50 Years
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-32/ ….. Episode 32 Part 2: The Expat Who Stayed - A Brit Balancing in Belgium for Over 50 Years ….. Sue Baudoux was born in 1945 in London.Part one explored her post war childhood with rations, rubble, a love of languages and failure in math to find she's not so average after all. In this episode, we follow her as she moves across the Channel for love and life. She has been “abroad” for over 50 years. Two thirds of her life in a country she was not born in. Sue is not an expat, not an immigrant, not a local. She is a lifer. What is that like? To be married and have kids and manage friendships and work in a place you call home but not a part of your upbringing. From table manners to politics, Let's go ahead and start the conversation.
38:44
February 18, 2021
Ep. 32.1: Not Your Average Post-War Baby - From London Rations to French Wineries
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-32/ ….. Episode 32 Part 1: Not Your Average Post-War Baby - From London Rations to French Wineries ….. A Post War Baby - Sue was born in 1945. With the same rations and rubble as the families around her, she saw her London upbringing as average. Her father wore a bowler hat to work and her mother stayed home to keep house. But even the smallest differences in attitudes and approach can change a child’s path. Encouraged to follow her love of languages, and gifted with multiple math failures, Sue discovered new worlds. Until this interview, she had never stopped to reflect on the impact of it all. She knew she was different but what made her go one way when most of her classmates went the other way.
32:49
February 11, 2021
Ep. 31: The Habits We Have – From Childhood, Into Relationships, With In-Laws, & The Impact of Current Events.
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-31/ ….. Episode 31: The Habits We Have – From Childhood, Into Relationships, With In-Laws, & The Impact of Current Events. ….. The Habits We Have…⁠ Imbedded in childhood,⁠ taken in to relationships,⁠ balanced with in-laws,⁠ and impacted by current events.⁠ My Mom is back for an impromptu, unscripted conversation. ⁠Listen to us talk through the impact of current events on our habits and how we pass those habits on from generation to generation.⁠
41:33
February 4, 2021
Ep. 30: One Woman One Garden – Empowerment Through Sustainable Agriculture in West Africa
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-30/ ….. Episode 30: One Woman One Garden – Empowerment Through Sustainable Agriculture in West Africa ….. Community Service. It’s the rare student who takes a project beyond the requirements - One who is passionate about making a difference. My guest today is an ex-student who went from fundraising to volunteering to initiative developer. Anna grew up in a family that took action together and as a teenager, she went in person to Burkina Faso, West Africa where her project went from statistics on a screen to personal stories and personal engagement. She is here to share her story, from international student to empowering women.
37:45
January 28, 2021
Ep. 29: Learning with Parents – Narrowing the Gap of Educational Disadvantage
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-29/ ….. Ep. 29: Learning with Parents – Narrowing the Gap of Educational Disadvantage ….. Each culture wants it’s children to achieve, to be successful. Yet in most if not all cultures, there is an achievement gap. In the UK, Tom Harbour was challenged by the achievement gap between rich and poor. After jumping into the research about educational disadvantage, Tom went fromteacher to initiative leader – starting Maths with Parents, now Learning with Parents. With an online program, Tom hopes to help families engage with education to give ALL children the opportunity to achieve. Today we hear about the man behind the maths, and the vision to narrow the gap.
48:54
January 21, 2021
Ep. 28: Balancing Into a New Year – Let’s Not Rush Into Anything
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-28/ ….. Ep. 28: Balancing Into a New Year – Let’s Not Rush Into Anything ….. Ready for a New Year but Let’s not rush into anything. I’m here to end 2020 with: some thoughts on the culture of resolutions, an alternative to goal setting, reflections on what success was in the year many referred to as a dumpster fire, and where can we look for inspiration on what to do next. Today, the conversation is between me and you. 
18:45
December 31, 2020
Ep. 27: Balancing Christmas – Trees, Presents, Food, & Negotiating Traditions
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-27/ ….. #27: Balancing Christmas – Trees, Presents, Food, & Negotiating Traditions ….. My Brother is here! American siblings talk about childhood, marrying Europeans, balancing traditions, and celebrating as parents. *Tangents Include: Real versus Fake Trees, Hallmark Ornaments, When should we open presents, Food, food and more food, Where does Santa live, and How much pressure should parents put on themselves? (Spoiler: A lot less pressure) ***Real Spoiler Alert*** Do not listen to this episode with children. We do not want to be responsible for the crushing of their dreams.
57:03
December 24, 2020
Ep. 26.2: Publishing Culture – The Balance Between Commercialism & Social Responsibility
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-26/ ….. Episode 26 Part 2: Publishing Culture – The Balance Between Commercialism & Social Responsibility ….. Publishing. An industry about sharing stories and sharing culture, but how well are they balancing those cultures. For two episodes I talk with Lisa Davis, a children's publishing professional, about the culture of and the cultures represented by the publishing industry. In Part 2: Pet peeves of publishing with children’s books, How do they balance freedom of speech and social responsibility, Books about current events, “Books in Translation”, and a moment of joy about foil and sparkles too.
51:20
December 17, 2020
Ep. 26.1: Publishing Culture – Diversity in Books Starts From Within
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-26/ ….. Episode 26 Part 1: Publishing Culture – Diversity in Books Starts From Within ….. Publishing. An industry about sharing stories, sharing culture, but how well are they balancing cultures. For two episodes I talk with Lisa Davis, a children's publishing professional, about the culture of and the cultures represented by the publishing industry. In Part 1: What is publishing culture? How does the publishing process work? Where can we consider diversifying? How can we approach the breaking down of gender norms? And More.
39:50
December 10, 2020
Ep. 25: Canadian in Cambodia & Cross-Cultural Marriage
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-25/ ….. Episode 25: Canadian in Cambodia & Cross-Cultural Marriage ….. Is it Serendipity? How does a Canadian end up in Cambodia when the plan was a Gap Year in Germany? Kristin Schuster never expected to live around the world, let alone, settle down in a country so different from her homeland. Today we hear her story, from granddaughter of German immigrants in Canada, to tour guide in Cambodia, to the adventure of a cross-cultural marriage. Kristin is here to reflect on her balancing from dirndls to karaoke bars.
48:14
December 3, 2020
Ep. 24: Cultural Confrontation – Gaining Perspective in an African Mud Hut
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-24/ ….. Episode 24: Cultural Confrontation – Gaining Perspective in an African Mud Hut ….. Confrontation is Good. Confrontation is Necessary. Confrontation is Growth. Before I could even say, Welcome to Balancing Cultures, we dove into how cultural balancing is a thread that runs through all of Amie Mignatti’s stories. And away we went, digging deep into the elements that contribute to our growth when confronted by cultures outside of our bubble. In Amie’s case, it took her from Austin, Texas to a mud hut in South Africa and around the world.
46:30
November 26, 2020
Ep. 23: Finding Home in Myself – Balancing Chinese, Bolivian, Canadian, & More
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-23/ ….. Episode 23: Finding Home in Myself – Balancing Chinese, Bolivian, Canadian, & More ….. Where is home? Not just the physical place, a country, a city, a house. What culture feels like home? Where do we belong? Laura Keung was born in Argentina to her Hong Kong born dad and Bolivian born mom. But that was just the beginning of a long tally of cultures she balanced along the way. From the start, she felt a clash of cultures and lack of belonging. 30+ years and several cultures later, Laura is finding home where it had been all along… in herself. Listen to hear how the rest of these cultures fit into her story: USA, Canadian, Italian, Austrian, German
39:05
November 19, 2020
Ep. 22.2: Mum Behind the Beach Cleaners – Parenting an Activist
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-22/ ….. Episode 22 Part 2: Mum Behind the Beach Cleaners – Parenting an Activist ….. Activism is a growing culture with future focused values. Teens are helping us question our daily actions and public policy. Challenging us to change our perspectives for the future. How can we help encourage them? How do we promote activism in our homes? How do we enable them to follow passions and make a difference? My guest today is the mom behind Flossie and the Beach Cleaners - Harriet Donnelly. She shares how it all started with an inspired 9-year-old and has grown into an international charity. Then we chat mom to mum about little things we can do, even with little kids.
33:43
November 12, 2020
Ep. 22.1: Teenage Climate Activist - Making Waves in Ireland and Beyond
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-22/ ….. Episode 22 Part 1: Teenage Climate Activist - Making Waves in Ireland and Beyond ….. Regardless of who you vote for, regardless of who wins… Not just in the 2020 US elections but in any election around the world, for years to come, something we can be thankful for is the upcoming generation. Youth Activism is a growing culture with future focused values. Teens are helping us question our daily actions and public policy. Challenging us to change our perspectives for the future. My guest today is one these inspiring teens. Flossie of Flossie and the Beach cleaners is here to share what inspired her and where it has taken her. Her mom Harriet joins us and you will hear more from her in next week’s episode about parenting an activist.
31:53
November 5, 2020
Ep. 21: Gender & More – How to Talk to Kids About Gender
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-21/ ….. Episode 21: Gender & More – How to Talk to Kids About Gender ….. As the last episode of the mini-series on Gender & More, Seth Day of Rad Child Podcast talks us through How to Talk to Kids About Gender… and More. Talking to kids can feel… overwhelming. But with the tips from today’s episode and continued support from Rad Child Podcast on topics from body image to religion, I feel more prepared. And I feel empowered to say, I don’t know, let’s find out together. I will take that stance of learning into not just motherhood but life. Because, as we said at the beginning of this 4-part series on Gender & More… we all have to start somewhere.
35:21
October 15, 2020
Ep. 20: Gender & More – One Trans Man’s Story
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-20/ ….. Episode 20: Gender & More – One Trans Man’s Story ….. The conversation with Seth Day of Rad Child Podcast continues. In this episode, we hear Seth’s story: One Trans Man’s Story. Along with his personal experience, Seth shares insights and perspectives on the trans experience: what can be done in schools, what can be done in society, and what can be done by you to create safe inclusive spaces.
39:60
October 8, 2020
Ep. 19.2: Gender & More – Things You Should Never Ask a Trans Person
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-19/ ….. Episode 19 Part 2: Gender & More – Things You Should Never Ask a Trans Person ….. And we’re back! This is part 2 of my conversation on Gender and More with Seth Day, host of the Rad Child Podcast. If you did not listen to part one, I recommend you go back to get a foundation of vocabulary and a few laughs with Seth’s stories. In this episode, we will talk about things you should never ask, or say to, a trans person. Of course, we want to encourage you to not just be informed but to also be an ally. Seth gives us some tips on where to start.
28:30
October 4, 2020
Ep. 19.1: Gender & More - Let’s Start with Vocabulary
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-19/ ….. Episode 19 Part 1: Gender & More - Let’s Start with Vocabulary ….. Everyone has to start somewhere. Even then, it’s a learning curve for everyone. Seth Day is here to talk through all my questions about gender, gender identity and more. As an educator, he loves helping others who are open to learn. He is also the host of Rad Child Podcast where they use books, expert feedback and personal experiences to help parents raise a generation of compassionate, open, rad kids.
32:11
October 1, 2020
Ep. 18: Conversations with Ma – Do You Take a Stance?
FULL SHOW NOTES with links and resources on BalancingCultures.com/episode-18/ ….. Episode 18: Conversations with Ma – Do You Take a Stance? ….. Do you take a stance? Do I take a stance? This year, for me, is standing out as a year of people standing up. As I watch the news and scroll social media, I gain perspective and with that I start questioning why I think certain ways. Something I’ve been processing is not just, “Do I take a stance?” but “Why do I take or not take a stance?”. What impacts my reflexes and reasoning? One factor is my upbringing, another is my career as an educator, of course motherhood also impacts everything that runs through my mind. So, to work through this topic, I invited someone to join me who can speak to all these things... My mom. ….. Let’s talk about it. Let’s start the conversation! Along with this conversation, I have filled the show notes with resources: Kid’s books about taking a stance, links to organizations, tips for first steps that you can do from home and more on BalancingCultures.com
46:37
September 24, 2020
Ep. 17: Becoming a Shark – Inspired by Art, Driven by Perspective
FULL SHOW NOTES with links on BalancingCultures.com/episode-17/ ..... Episode 17: Becoming a Shark – Inspired by Art, Driven by Perspective ….. It’s a matter of Perspective. Euan Rannachan believes in the power of perspective so much, he has the word tattooed on his body. Euan’s path to perspective is anything but a straight line and autopilot. From his Third Culture Kid childhood that took him literally around the world, to challenges in school, and finding art as a constructive outlet, Euan may tell the story now like it just fell into his lap, but he was a risk taker long before he swam with sharks. Listen to Euan’s story to hear how he said yes to opportunities despite the chance of failure and the importance of perspective along the way. It started in the UK, did a few laps around the globe and ends (for now) in California, USA. Let’s hear Euan’s story. Let’s start the conversation! ….. Website: EuanArt.com Instagram: EuanArt
48:38
September 17, 2020
Ep. 16: Grief Healing - Growing Through Life's Challenges
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM ….. Good Grief -- Is Grief Good? Every culture has it and by a certain age, every person has it too. Today, Katie Roessler is here to talk about Grief, Grief healing and growing through life’s challenges. Because regardless of our cultural differences, facing grief and processing challenges are universal.….. Where to find Katie: - Website Katierossler.com - Instagram @katie.rossler - Facebook Katie Rossler Grief Healer - Pintrest Katie Rossler Grief Healer - Youtube Katie Rossler
49:27
September 10, 2020
Ep. 15: Korean Texan – Disagreeing, Disconnecting, Dissecting the Balance
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM ..... Balancing Cultures Episode 15: Korean Texan – Disagreeing, Disconnecting, Dissecting the Balance ..... We all balance differently. Even within one family, each person can prioritize the values of their cultures to different degrees… in opposite directions. Unfortunately, disagreements about how we balance cultures can lead to disconnection. Listen to Episode 15 to hear a Korean immigrant's story of teenage culture shock in a small Texas town and how it impacted his life today.⁠ With tangents about the value of teachers and who has the better BBQ…Let’s start the conversation with David Song.
53:51
September 3, 2020
Ep. 14: Where Do We Go From Here?
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures: Episode 14 - Where Do We Go From Here? ..... An episode about reflecting and moving forward. A behind the scenes look at Episode 1 - Why are so many people drawn to Mira’s story? What is it like for an immigrant on the path to belonging. And a quick look back at the first few episodes: Rebecca, Mitch, Ann, Vanessa, Laura, Meghan, and then there’s me. In Episode 8 I talked about where I’m from, where I am and the path in between… but where do we go from here? …. Listen to this episode for more details and for complete show notes go to Balancingcultures.com
20:04
August 27, 2020
Ep. 13: Human Postcards - Life's Details in 60 Seconds
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures --- Episode 13: Human Postcards - Life's Details in 60 Seconds ….. Are you curious? Have you ever wondered what someone is thinking? Do you see the same people over and over again but have never said hi: the baker, your neighbor, the guy who shares your commute? What if you just gave them a minute. 60 seconds. What could you learn? Who could you see? …. Our guest today got curious and she followed her curiosity. From her multicultural childhood in France, to prisons in the US, and rickshaws in London, Nora Jaccaud’s curiosity grew and one day she was inspired to stop and give someone a minute. She took that minute and shared it with the world. Today we get a behind the scenes look at Human Postcards. And the interviewer, Nora, becomes the guest. ….. Nora Jaccaud is a French-Polish documentary filmmaker who travels around the globe telling the inspiring stories of everyday people. …. Where to find Human Postcards: Website: Humanpostcards.com –- Instagram: Human Postcards –- Facebook: Human Postcards -- …. Postcards Mentioned in the Episode: Jake, Karina, Inaki, Lola, Brynee …. Balancing Cultures Episodes Mentioned: Ep. 2: Rebecca, The Practical Kitchen,  Ep. 4: Ann, Children’s Books for Difficult Conversations,  Ep. 6: Laura, Jewelry and Making …. Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Join the Converstation. Host: Meghan Kitchen. Instagram: @balancingcultures and Facebook: Balancing Cultures. If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com
42:59
August 20, 2020
Ep. 12: Race is Not the Half of It - One Panamanian's Story
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures Episode 12: Race is Not the Half of It - One Panamanian's Story ….. Today’s Guest is many things: Panamanian, Bi-Racial, an Engineer, an Expat, a Mother and more. Michelle Hines grew up in Panama. Because of its culture of being a melting pot of races, her parents bi-racial relationship, it ends up, was nothing to talk about. Race was not the half of it as you’ll hear. Michelle eventually left her Panamanian bubble, married someone from a different culture, and now she’s a mom. How does all of this influence how she approaches international life? And how does it impact how she will talk about race in the future? Let’s start the conversation. ….. Trigger Warning: While discussing race, Michelle explains the categories used in Panama and other Latin cultures to describe bi-racial, mixed race people: Mestizos and Mulato/Mulatto. In these cultures, these words are neutral. However, in the USA, the term Mulato/Mulatto is now defined as dated and offensive. I left this part of the conversation in the podcast because the person who is using the terms is from a culture where they are neutral and it is how she identifies herself.  ..... Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Join the Converstation. Host: Meghan Kitchen. Instagram @balancingcultures and Facebook Balancing Cultures. If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com
42:12
August 13, 2020
Ep. 11: Am I Enough for My Culture? - A Tamil Abroad
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures – Episode 11: Am I Enough for My Culture?  - A Tamil Abroad ….. Is it pride, guilt, commitment, conviction? What bonds people around the world to their culture. Do Cultures rising out of conflict and oppression have a different bond? As they regenerate cultural identity and hold themselves to a standard of belonging. And how does that standard of belonging create an expectation of being “enough” for a culture? Dedicated enough. Proud enough. Vocal enough. How can you be Enough, for whatever culture, to be able to call it your own? Today we will hear one person’s story. A story about the impact of history on a present day minority group. ….. Our guest today: Sujan Selven was born in Sri Lanka. He is Tamil. But what does being Tamil mean to him? And what does it mean for him now that he lives outside of Sri Lanka? Although Sujan is an Australian Citizen now, he has been back in the Jaffna area of Sri Lanka for 6 months to support the community. Is he enough? ….. Follow him on Instagram: sujanselven – Facebook: Sujan Selven – Twitter: @sujanselven – Website: www.sujanselven.org ….. Other episodes mentioned: Saturday school with Vanessa (Episode 5) and Mitch (Episode 3). Rebecca’s Jewish heritage (Episode 2). ….. Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Join the conversation. Host: Meghan Kitchen. Instagram @balancingcultures and Facebook Balancing Cultures. If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com
33:20
August 6, 2020
Ep. 10: Reconnecting - Adding Back to My Balance
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures Episode 10: Reconnecting - Adding Back to My Balance Have you reconnected with your heritage?⁠ Not every generation embraces culture in the same way. Sometimes, the world and the times shape how culture is expressed and handed down. Luckily, despite politics and assimilation in past generations, Jessica Pioli has a second to add Italian culture back into her balancing. Embracing it fully, regardless of how much or little was emphasized in her childhood. What made her want to reconnect? After growing up in the UK, she lived in Russia, Germany and Italy. Then made her way back to the UK and found her perfect counterpart. Jessica Pioli is here to tell us her story about rediscovering her Italian roots and the balancing she now has with her Italian born husband. How does she balance her perspective of culture with her husband’s experience of it? It is encouraging to hear from Jess’s story that reconnecting is possible. Seeing that we all have a chance to learn about our past and have access to more options for the values we embrace and the ways we want to live. Jess added to her balancing. Will you? --- Connections to other episodes: In episode 2 I talked to a new DAD who hopes to give his multicultural son opportunities to connect to his heritage. Then in episode 5, a third culture KID, now adult, reflected on what aspects of culture her family connected to between their different worlds. This episode asks a GRANDDAUGHTER, what happened to the connections in the past and how have you reconnected. --- Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Join the Conversation. Host: Meghan Kitchen. Instagram @balancingcultures and Facebook Balancing Cultures. If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com
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July 30, 2020
Ep. 9: Storytelling - Exploring Culture Through Personal Stories
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures: Episode 9 - Storytelling: Exploring Culture Through Personal Stories ..... The power of storytelling, the impact of photography, and the appeal of the obscure.Today we look at one man’s initiative: Creating narratives, connecting personal stories and the details of cultures, taking history from the margins and putting it into a modern spotlight. ….. Our guest today is Austrian born, Lukas Birk: Photographer, publisher, archiver, conservationist, curator, storyteller, and more. His passion for storytelling comes from his father and grandfather. He started in radio and TV with Austrian public media but pivoted to pursue an education in digital media and to became a photographer after his “first long voyage”.Photography became more than just the pictures he took. Archives and conservation have become big parts of his work, that takes him around the world. ….. Where to find Lukas: Instagram: lukas.birk - Website: www.lukasbirk.com - Books: www.fraglich.com -Projects:www.myanmarphotoarchive.org & www.afghanboxcamera.com ….. Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Join the Converstation. Host: Meghan Kitchen. Instagram @balancingcultures and Facebook Balancing Cultures. If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com
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July 23, 2020
Ep. 8: Meet the Host – Me and My Balancing
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures Episode 8: Meet the Host - Me and My Balancing If you’ve listened to other episodes, you’ve heard little bits about my life. You might know that I’m American, I live in German, I married a Finn and I’m a mom. You know I made this podcast for a reason but maybe can’t put your finger on what that is exactly. Well today, I am the guest. Today I’ll talk about where I’m from, where I am, and the path in between. I’ll give you some behind the scenes looks at what inspired Balancing Cultures and I’ll tell you my favorite part of the balancing in life. Growing up, I was always looking for a place to fit in. But now I know its not just one place. I feel like myself in a lot of very different places because I am more that one version of myself. Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Hope, humor, and thought-provoking questions. Host: Meghan Kitchen. Instagram @balancingcultures and Facebook Balancing Cultures. If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com
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June 25, 2020
Ep. 7: What If I Don't Want Kids?
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures: Episode 7 - What If I Don't Want Kids? Our guest today: Meghan Foley has climbed Kilimanjaro, had beer baths in Prague, swung through the rainforest in Central America, and walked with elephants in Thailand. When she’s at home in Colorado, she is a dietitian that specializes in treating eating disorders who  hikes 14ers and snowboards on the weekends. But with all these interesting talking points available, what do most people want to ask this 35 year old about…family planning. Meghan Foley is here to talk about the cultural pressures to have kids and her decision making process. The decision to have kids is a balancing of cultures because as we balancing between a fear of change and a fear of regret, both of those fears are created by what we perceive to be a “better choice”. And what shapes our perceptions of what makes a choice good or bad or better? Our culture. From the homes we grew up in to society and the laws that govern our lands, we are told what is expected of us as productive members of the community. We acknowledge that family planning and choices around reproduction are not choices everywhere. Melinda Gates book The Moment of Life, opened my eyes to areas around the world where women do not have the privilege to have these conversations let alone the free will to exercise their choices. I encourage those interested to read her book and follow what the Gates Foundation is doing to support international family planning. Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Hope, humor, and thought-provoking questions. Host: Meghan Kitchen. Instagram @balancingcultures and Facebook Balancing Cultures. If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com
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June 18, 2020
Ep. 6: Jewelry – Every One, Every Culture, Everywhere
FULL SHOW NOTES WITH LINKS ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures: Jewelry – Every One, Every Culture, Everywhere We may have found the ultimate subject of balancing cultures. Jewelry. Yes Jewelry. It was and is a part of every culture. The questions I have: What is the balance of cultures.... Between artist and audience, between artist and client, and between artist and themselves, their experiences, the things that impact their work. Our Guest Today: Laura Deakin is an Australian-born contemporary jeweller who has lived abroad for over a decade, and recently relocated from Munich to Melbourne. She completed her BFA at Monash University under Dr. Marian Hosking and in 2004 she moved to Munich to complete a post-graduate Master studies at Munich’s Academy of Fine Art (Akademie der Bildenden Künste) under Prof. Otto Künzli. Coral Covey is sustainably-made fine jewellery. Designed and handmade by Laura Deakin in Melbourne. Jewellery to treasure for a lifetime. Instagram: lauradeakinjewellery and coralcoveyjewellery Mentioned in the Episode: My Press Series, Mygration, Confused Series, Pearl Series, The Diamond Ring, Cloud Earrings, Dachshund Pendent, The Undies. Artists who have influenced Laura’s work: Marian Hosking, Mari Funaki, Otto Künzli, Karl Fritsch If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com OR leave us a voicemail on anchor.fm/balancingcultures Follow Balancing Cultures: on Instagram @balancingcultures and on Facebook Balancing Cultures Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Hope, humor, and thought-provoking questions. Host: Meghan Kitchen
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June 11, 2020
Ep. 5: Third Culture Kid in Retrospect - What Do I Value?
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures: Episode 5 - Third Culture Kid in Retrospect: What Do I Value? Our Guest Today: Vanessa Kitchen was born in the USA to a Belgian mom and German dad. Though there was the possibility to move back to Europe, the family ultimately decided to stay in the USA long term. What was it like being an American girl at school and European at home? What does she think of her parent’s decisions and their way of life now that she’s a mom? Join us for an international kid’s perspective in retrospect. This episode partners well with the reflections from Episode 3 – What Will My Kids Value. Mitch Norris shared with us his questions from the parent’s perspective about raising a child who is half Australian, half Japanese in Thailand. Questions about language learning and retention, what cultural influences will be adopted and embraced, and what nationality his son would eventual claim as his own. After reflecting on both episodes, I’m left with a lot of things to consider for my own children as they are raised in Germany with an American mom and Finnish dad. Hopefully, you will find connections to your own experience through these stories. If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com Or leave us a voicemail on anchor.fm/balancingcultures Follow Balancing Cultures: on Instagram @balancingcultures and on Facebook Balancing Cultures Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Hope, humor, and thought-provoking questions. Host: Meghan Kitchen
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June 4, 2020
Ep. 4.2: Tell Me More About Kid's Books
FULL SHOW NOTES WITH LINKS ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures - Episode 4 Part 2: Tell Me More About Kid's Books A continuation of the conversation with Ann Heiliger about Children’s Literature. Ann provides specific book recommendations for topics. We end the episode with an overall reflection for both episodes about why we should care about kids books. Books for a better future! -- Our “Lightning Round” of books for particular topics *Grief: Grandpa’s Stories by Joseph Coelho - *Kindness: Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller - *Friendship: Jerome By Heart by Thomas Scotto - *Cultural Diversity: All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold - *Racial Diversity: The Colors of Us by Karen Katz - *Family Structures: My Friends and Me: A Celebration of Different Types of Families by Stephanie Stansbie - *Facing Challenges: The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul - *Female Empowerment: Dear Girl - A Celebration of Wonderful, Smart, Beautiful You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - *Deconstructing Toxic Masculinity: Dear Boy by Paris Rosenthal (Daughter of the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal) - *A Book that made you feel all the feels: I Am Enough by Grace Byers - *A Book that made you really think: The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld - *A Book you grew up with that is still relevant today: The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch - *Mr. Roger’s Books (Example: When a Pet Dies) - Other Links: littlefreelibraries.org -- Instagram Accounts: @happily.ever.elephants and @hereweread and @theconsciouskid and the Facebook Group: Kids’ Books for a Better World -- If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com  Follow Balancing Cultures: on Instagram @balancingcultures and on Facebook Balancing Cultures -- Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Hope, humor, and thought-provoking questions. Host: Meghan Kitchen
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May 30, 2020
Ep. 4.1: Why Should We Care About Kid's Books?
FULL SHOW NOTES WITH LINKS ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures - Episode 4 Part 1: Why Should We Care About Kid's Books? Our Guest Today: Ann Heiliger is a fellow book lover, children’s literature advocate, and my personal librarian. She’s living back in her home town of Portland, OR (if only for Powell’s), with her husband and 6 year old twins after years abroad and international teaching.  Join us for a discussion about the importance of children’s literature in building empathy, empowerment, connection and community. This is not just for parents. Everyone should understand more about the impact of books for the kids in their lives. Listen for perspectives on how books can be the ultimate tool in helping children with balancing cultures. Part 2 will include: Book Recommendations and Final Reflections on Why We Should Care About Kid's Books. If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com  Follow Balancing Cultures: on Instagram @balancingcultures and on Facebook Balancing Cultures Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Hope, humor, and thought-provoking questions. Host: Meghan Kitchen
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May 28, 2020
Ep. 3: What Will My Kids Value?
FULL SHOW NOTES WITH LINKS ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures - Episode 3: What Will My Kids Value? Our Guest: Mitch Norris is Australian with German roots and abroad for 13 years. This international educator and Mo-vember advocate, just started his most adventurous chapter yet: parenting a third culture kid with his Japanese wife. Facing new challenges as an international parent, Mitch can now look two generations back and start to understand his grandparents in a new way. Although he and his wife do not live in the countries of their cultures, will their son absorb and value his heritage? Will he speak his mother’s mother tongue fluently? This is a conversation about the trickle down of culture between generations and all the other thoughts in between. Tangents about international joys and challenges: language learning, deciphering spouses, and the challenges of capturing an image while travelling. Let’s start the conversation. Follow Mitch’s adventures on Instagram (@norrisworldwide) If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com  Follow Balancing Cultures: on Instagram @balancingcultures or on Facebook Balancing Cultures Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Hope, humor, and thought-provoking questions. Host: Meghan Kitchen
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May 21, 2020
Ep. 2: Honoring Cultures in the Kitchen
FULL SHOW NOTES WITH LINKS ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures – Episode 2: Honoring Cultures in the Kitchen Can Food be a Bridge between Cultures? Are there “Cultural Lanes” in the kitchen? Can cooking connect us to history and heritage? Can Grilled Cheese fix everything? Our Guest today is Rebecca Eisenberg. American born, raised in the Jewish community of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. After living in New York, New Jersey, and Baltimore, now she is busy filling her Los Angeles home with food from around the world. Rebecca Eisenberg is here to look at how to we honor and balance cultures in the kitchen. The Practical Kitchen! - Blog: ThePracticalKitchen.com - - Instagram: @the.practical.kitchen - - Facebook: The Practical Kitchen - - Recipes from the Episode: Bagels, Corn Tortillas, Tuna Newberg, Samosa Pot Pie, Pork Tenderloin, Aloo Dal Pierogis, Simple Curry Chicken, Pear and Gruyere Tart, Southwestern Egg Rolls, Apples and Honey Babka, Grilled Cheese Cordon Bleu. - - If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com  Follow Balancing Cultures: on Instagram @balancingcultures or on Facebook Balancing Cultures Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Hope, humor, and thought-provoking questions. Host: Meghan Kitchen
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May 14, 2020
Ep. 1: Is this what NEW feels like?
FULL SHOW NOTES ON BALANCINGCULTURES.COM Balancing Cultures - Episode 1: Is this what NEW feels like? Our guest today is Mira Taferner. German born and raised, married to an American and new to New York City. Despite living and travelling abroad, Mira can’t quite shake the newness of this move even 2 years later. Listen to Meghan and Mira talk through the uncomfortable of new to get to the joys of being different. We hope this conversation helps you reflect on your own experience because we've all felt new at some point. Follow Balancing Cultures: on Instagram @balancingcultures on Facebook @Balancing Cultures If you have a question or comment, send an email to balancingcultures@gmail.com Balancing Cultures: International interviews about how cultural differences make life more interesting. Hope, humor, and thought-provoking questions. Host: Meghan Kitchen
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May 7, 2020
Balancing Cultures Podcast Trailer
Balancing Cultures Podcast Trailer: The What and Who
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April 8, 2020