#6: May Lin- Rediscovering Identity and Language Abroad


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“Wherever you are, be all there!” 

May Lin left Canada 3 years ago to join her husband, Seb in France. We talk about treating culture shock with cheese sandwiches in Paris (worth a try),  becoming a ‘trailing wife’ in Nairobi, Kenya and how along the way, May Lin has been pulled out of her ‘Canadian bubble’ when it comes to race, multiculturalism and identity.

  • “Wherever you are, be all there!” ― Jim Elliot
  • When May Lin taught English in France, she got an International Experience Canada visa, available to all 18-35 year olds to work in dozens of countries around the world. Find out more here
  • Recommended by Libby: For more on identity, race, language, and culture, check out NPR’s Code Switch podcast. Hosted by journalists of colour, a great description of their show is actually a question: “Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity and you just get… stuck?”

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