Expats in Asia are getting after home brewing and helping to introduce the craft to places such as Hong Kong and mainland China and Singapore. The article, from WSJ.com, also notes that the practice is outlawed in Malaysia completely.
In a handful of spare bedrooms in high-rise apartments all around Hong Kong, the yeast has been hard at work.
The results were sampled last weekend at the city’s first-ever homebrewing competition, where 16 mostly expatriate beer aficionados came bearing bottles of carefully concocted inebriants…
Until recently, homebrewing barely existed in Hong Kong, a city better known for its robust wine scene. But a nascent interest in craft beer among Western expats has brought more exposure to brews from the U.S., U.K. and beyond.
I found it odd that Japan would be one of the nations that would have relatively strict management, with a limit of only 1% alcohol by volume.
Overall, I think it’s great that expats are finding a great hobby to pursue while living in another country. There are a lot of expatriates that have trouble adjusting to life abroad, and this could be a great distraction for someone while they settle into a new culture. In addition to providing some sense of home, it likely also offers the potential to connect with other people trying there hand at the home brew craft. And when just one friendship can make all the difference in a cultural transition, it is easy to see how home brewing can really be a positive for expats!
Over the last two weeks, Expats all over the globe tucked themselves into pubs, restaurants and anywhere else they might be able to enjoy their countrymen as they competed in the London Summer Olympic Games.
Here’s an article that described what it’s been like for expats watching the Olympics the world over:
From the Irish pubs of Stockholm to bustling Koreatown in Los Angeles, expat Olympic fans around the world are following — or trying to follow — their favorite back-home athletes, an often lonely and difficult pursuit in our otherwise connected world.
“Watching the Olympics from here is weird for me,” said Beto Capon, a 25-year-old call center worker from Mexico City who’s been living in Israel for four years.
At Mike’s Place, a popular hangout in downtown Jerusalem where the American, British and Canadian flags fly alongside that of Israel, Capon took in women’s swimming. He still roots for Mexico when the Olympics roll around.
The London games were an unbelievable success, and I know that I for one wish that I could have been there. Even as an American, perhaps my favorite moment of the games was when Andy Murray finally broke through and beat Federer. Having watched him come up short in the Wimbledon finals, it was so remarkable to see him take the gold and capture a permanent place in British sports history.
A recent survey by Lloyds TSB International, and highlighted on Yahoo.com, describes the reaction of British expats to the London games, which are set to open just a bit more than 3 days from now. First, there are a ton that are going home for the games, and it’s seen as an important even by many:
The weighted survey of 1,030 British expats reveals that seven per cent are planning to come back to Britain for the Games. This amounts to 385,000 of an estimated 5.5 million* British expats. The highest proportion will come from Spain, where one in five expats (21%) plan to make the trip. However, only six per cent of those living in the USA and three per cent from Canada plan to make the journey. In total, 275,000 expats have tickets for an event.
I have to admit that I was surprised by such a large percentage. Twenty one percent is a big number!
I also thought the following was also noteworthy:
National identity is also important to expats, with over a third (36%) saying they feel ‘more British’ and 38% saying they feel more patriotic towards the UK since moving abroad.
It’s amazing how leaving home can make you appreciate it!
How wary is Beijing of foreigners? Well you’ll have to decide for yourself. WSJ.com recently published a story about a production of the play “Oklahoma” that was almost not able to go on stage in Beijing:
Just an hour before the curtain was to go up on opening night May 18, a cast of foreign and local thespians were told that Beijing authorities wouldn’t allow their performance of the 1943 musical about two cowboys in love with a pair of farm girls.
Authorities cited a building-code violation at Beijing’s MAKO Arts Display Center. Although producers found two alternate venues, including an international school, they were forced to halve the number of public performances to five. Eight days late, the first shows went off without a hitch, with a full house Saturday and an 80% full house Sunday.
While the production had to be moved to other locations, at least the show did go on, as they say. Anyone have any thoughts about what happened to the production. Have you noticed anything similar in China or elsewhere?
Chris Pavone, author of the newly released novel “The Expats,” has written an installment for “The Speakeasy” section of WSJ.com about the changing roles of men and women, and how his life is a testament to that fact:
But I’m admittedly biased. Because the reason I wrote this novel about a stay-at-home parent is because I was one. Because I left New York City to follow my wife’s career opportunity to Luxembourg, where she was one of those corporate vice presidents who worked all the time, while I became an expat househusband. A cook and launderer and cleaner, a children’s chauffeur and disciplinarian. Someone who hung around the school cafeteria after drop-off, drinking coffee and chatting with other parents, before doing things like taking French classes and playing tennis, shopping at the farmer’s market and the mall, organizing vacations and birthday parties and afterschool activities.
But here’s the thing I didn’t expect in supposedly progressive Europe: I was nearly the only man doing this.
We’ll often read about the changing demographics of the expatriate workforce, so it’s not surprising to see these changes work their way into the plot of a new novel!