About Expat-terns

Reiser; 여행자; Viajador; Traveller (Prague, Czech Republic: Photo credits by Croatian goddess and backpacking companion, Nina P.)

I am PintsizedPioneer (Ben Chung): Amateur linguist, insatiable foodie, and chronically single 20-something. I am just your typical gay, Jewish Asian-American who wants to get out and see the world.

Born in the port city of Incheon, South Korea, I was quickly moved to the United States where I grew up mostly in the flat Midwest.

Outside Ouarzazate, Morocco: Mature and ever so single. (Photo credits by my (annoying) sister, Rachel)

Now, I live in lovely Vancouver, Canada and attend the University of British Columbia, which rests on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, which Vancouver now occupies.

My areas of study are Linguistics and First Nations and Endangered Languages.

Expat-terns has a vested interest in all aspects of the world’s cultures and languages, national and Indigenous. It is a big place out there, and it is important to us that everyone can be heard in their own voices, especially in their own languages.

Rural Sonora, Mexico: Looking hot in Hermosillo. (Photo credits by Mexican Kween, Balba)

We at Expat-terns hope to at least to touch on and look into contemporary aspects of indigeneity and decolonization, which are taken seriously here. We also do not divorce the realities that travel entails, both of the traveller and places and peoples that one gets to know along the way.

What conventional travel tends to neglect or tries ignore, we tend to encounter and interrogate!

I also fall into categories like budget traveler (I am at least a frugal spender), so moderate hostels, street food, and public transportation are my favourite utilities. Want to know how to save some bucks abroad? I got you covered too.

All in all, I think that travel is about breaking down barriers, and I have had too many awkward encounters abroad to get discouraged and stop now.

If any questions, concerns, or possibly even ideas about collaborations with this blog arise, please feel free to tweet me, follow me on instagram, or contact us via email.

Safe travels and remember to explore!