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Mixed-Race, Meghan Markle and the Complexities of Identifying as a Global Citizen

By Wakanyi Hoffman I watched the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry inside a tent on the shores of L. Naivasha, in the middle of Kenya's Great Rift Valley. My two oldest children were sailing with their father while I had been left to devise creative ways to entertain our youngest two for… Continue reading Mixed-Race, Meghan Markle and the Complexities of Identifying as a Global Citizen

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Debunking the Myth that Global Citizenship is Privileged

By Wakanyi Hoffman My 11 year old daughter and her father have just returned from a trip to England and Scotland to scout and feel out potential school options for her upcoming secondary school education. These are boarding schools, whose names are laced with prestige, privilege and elitism at their hems. They are situated in… Continue reading Debunking the Myth that Global Citizenship is Privileged

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Who is the global child?

Oh, the places you'll go! Dr. Seuss. A friend and I were once discussing our parenting methods and how as expats we do not necessarily parent from one particular school of thought. Instead, we have assembled different practices from the various cultures that we have interacted with from our stints living in different countries. Along the… Continue reading Who is the global child?

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What it means to be a global parent

My oldest child once came home carrying a copy of Jane Cowen-Fletcher's It Takes A Village, based on an African proverb. She was 8 and we were living in Bangkok, our sixth expat posting at the time. I told her that she must telepathically possess the thoughts in my mind because it has taken me… Continue reading What it means to be a global parent