Intersectional issues of racism & sexism as experienced by Americans living in London

Intersectional Expat Project

Raisons D'être

The narrative of Americans residing abroad and enjoying the expatriate lifestyle has been largely monopolised by the dominant white culture. The expatriate experiences of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, Native-Americans and Indian / Pakistani / Bangladeshi / Sri Lankan Americans has been largely ignored. This project exists to highlight issues that American women of colour face and to add to the established narrative. 

Essays from American Expat Women of Colour and their Companions & Allies in the Struggle

The goal of this project is to collect a series of essays that reflect the varied experiences of Women of color, their companions and allies who struggle with them.  We are starting this series with two main topics.  The United Kingdom and Repatriation.

Focus on the United Kingdom

We are looking for contributions 500 words and longer that tell your experience of:

  • How have your perceptions of gender and race changed since becoming an expat?
  • Do you face discrimination in a different way here in the UK then you did back in the USA?
  • What do you think that white American expats don't understand about your life?
  • How does your experience in the UK differ than the USA?
  • How do you feel amongst white American expats?
  • Which country is the most comfortable for you to live?
  • What have you learned about yourself since coming to the UK?
  • What is your relationship with British people of your same race like?
  • What aspects about life in the UK make you most happy and most discouraged?
  • What things about the current political climate are difficult for you?

Focus on Repatriation

We are looking for contributions 500 words and longer that tell your experiences of:

  • How does it feel to be back in the United States?
  • How has your perception of racism and sexism changed from living abroad?
  • What / where feels like home to you?
  • How has the political climate changed in the USA since yo've been gone?
  • What do you miss about the United Kingdom?
  • Is racism and sexism better or worse in the USA than your experiences in the UK?
  • Would you go back if you could?
  • How do you think your experience living abroad compared to the experiences of white American expats?
  • What has been the hardest adjustment since returning to the USA?
  • What experiences did you have in the UK that would not have reasonably happened in the US?
  • How has being an expat changed you?

Where does it all go?

Once we have a collection of essays, where does it all go?  Who gets to see it?  What is the overall plan?  The execution of the plan is still being formulated.  Here's the direction we would to go:

  • Serilised publication on online news sites such as Huff Post or Guardian
  • A Cultural event night  with the hopeful cooperation of the US Embassy. "An evening of expat stories written and read by from American Women of Colour"
  • Essays to be featured on popular travel blogs
  • Publication of essays on this site
  • Targeting ethnic print media i.e. Latina, Essence, Hypen, Filipinas,
  • Targeting main stream print media for publication of essays in magazines and papers
  • General media appearance is warranted


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American Expat Women of Color in the UK