About

Having lived in Taipei for 10 years as a missionary (I’m back in the States now), I have a great interest in how cultures cross paths and work through their differences. This happens in the areas of language, religion, global trends, globalization, glocalization, expats, repats, international students, third-culture kids, adoption, culture stress, reverse culture stress, immigration, travel, fast food, and the list goes on. Sometimes it’s a dance, sometimes a battle. Sometimes it affects entire nations, sometimes a single heart.

I am especially interested in the emotional process of adjusting to new cultures, whether that’s brought about by a move to another country or a move back “home.”

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Thompson
email: craig (at) clearingcustoms.net

77 thoughts on “About

  1. Since we don’t have team meetings any more I’ll have to take your blog to Starbucks with me instead. :-)

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  2. Hi Craig! Thanks for stopping by – glad you liked our Eating Ministry post… during your time in Taiwan, did you ever have the chance to try Bird Nest Soup yourself?? Hope you’ll come back & share more of our journey, we love to hear from fellow/former expats like yourself who actually KNOW what it’s like out here! :D

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  3. I am wondering what you are going to do now, back in the USA? I am wondering how your children are going to fare, and how their early life will influence their life choices as they grow and become independent. I hope you will keep blogging; I want to know what comes next :-)

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking one of my posts – it gave me the chance to find your blog, which looks great! I’ll definitely be checking out a bunch of your posts and stopping by again! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. First, thanks for dropping by the Curmudgeon and ‘liking’ my post about cross-cultural factors in PTSD following childhood sexual abuse.

    I had an all expense paid ‘vacation’ in a certain southeast Asian country in the late 60s and learned of the squat there (as well as during an R&R trip to Japan). Japan in particular featured squatty potties and I recall in Viet Nam seeing citizens trying to use the squate on a regular toilet in my compound. My untrained western legs couldn’t quite hit a really good squat but many trtroops learned to use it in general when at rest.

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    1. 20thpmu

      At least you had squat toilets. Where I was stationed in Vietnam, we didn’t even have that. Our urinal, when we had one, was a spent shell casing from a 90 mm cannon shell (open at both ends) pounded into the ground and we were fortunate to have toilets made of plywood with a round hole cut in the top for our rear end and below that was half of a fifty-gallon metal drum with a few inches of diesel fuel in it. In the mornings, we dragged out the filled fifty-gallon metal drums crawling with maggots and set fire to them while sliding in the one that was burned the day before. Away from our base camp and in the field, we didn’t even have that.

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  6. Hi Craig, Thanks for reading my blog on living in Granada, Nicaragua. I am looking forward to reading yours. I do think that we can understand each other better by living in different cultures and making the effort to empathize.

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  7. I’m so excited we found each other’s blogs! I read through some of your past posts, and I’m so interested in reading more! Looking forward to following you. Thanks for checking out my blog too. :]

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  8. Having lived in different countries, especially in India, it is beautiful to witness how many people are stepping outside their comfort zones to explore different cultures. It is this opening that promotes peace. Thanks for your blog…..all the best….

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    1. Glad to have you drop by. I like the banner at the top of your blog. We took a similar photo at a black-rock beach on the east coast of Taiwan. It’s the wallpaper on one of our computers

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  9. Hullo, fellow blogger. Homesick and Heatstruck has just been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and I am now sharing the love… I think your blog is inspiring, well written and thoroughly worth reading, so I have nominated you for the award too: consider yourself a Very Inspiring Blogger! There. Well done. If you would like to accept the award, click on the following link to read the rules and the post in which you are listed: http://homesickandheatstruck.com/about/ Of course, you don’t have to do anything at all if you don’t want to. No one can make you. Cheerio, and congratulations for receiving the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Keep up the bloody good blogging.

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  10. Hey, thanks for reading/liking my blog about my faux pas here in Taiwan. I enjoyed reading your fast food outlets overseas posting just now. By the way, Dunkin Donuts closed up entirely here a few months ago and the few Burger Kings we had, at least in Kaohsiung, closed down last month. I agree with the chap you mentioned who said Taco Bell wouldn’t do well here. I also liked the idea of having the Pitt Pal program you wrote about. I once worked tutoring international students at the U of MN, and I believe there were many similar issues they faced. Anyway, I appreciate the read! Keep up the posts!

    Cheers,
    MJB in KHH

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  11. Thank you for stopping by my blog – glad you liked my post about an especially difficult question you may be asked by your child. I enjoy reading about your cross-cultural observations!

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  12. Hi Craig and thanks for the like on A Place in the World. I see from your blog we have lots in common – I’m going to follow you. Happy Thanksgiving – the best holiday we’ve ever come up with!

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  13. Hi, thanks for liking my blog. Your blog is really interesting! Having just moved back to the UK after living in Asia, I am suffering from reverse culture shock, at the moment I’m caught somewhere between the two. I look forward to reading your future posts!

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  14. Hi Craig, thanks for liking my recent post and adjusting to village life in Spain. I really appreciate it! It led me to check out your blog, which I’m finding very interesting and relevant. Keep it up! :)

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  15. Thank you for your *like* Craig – I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing. I wasn’t a 3rd culture kid, but my children are, and we have lots more transition ahead. I’ll be following your blog with interest. MLM x

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