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
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
If I was ever so unfortunate as to be forced to describe Kathmandu in one word, it would have to be "still". In the midst of the chaos of daily life, the gaping beggars that decorate the streets, the rickshaws domineering Thamel, the market district, the gemstones kiosks lined along tourist terrain and our old… Continue reading Kathmandu
It is tough to imagine, but I can still remember a time when I never owned a phone. Not a mobile phone, but a landline. A few years ago, we took our then 7 year old daughter to a meeting with an accelerated learning specialist at her school in Thailand. She asked her a few… Continue reading Imagining a global village
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?
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