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Edelman China, writer, creator of Words of a Generation researching change generations in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, India... You can get in touch by emailing me at mooney.amanda (at) gmail.com.

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Where do you come from? It’s such a simple question, but these days, of course, simple questions bring ever more complicated answers…The number of people living in countries not their own now comes to 220 million, and that’s an almost unimaginable number, but it means that if you took the whole population of Canada and the whole population of Australia and then the whole population of Australia again and the whole population of Canada again and doubled that number, you would still have fewer people than belong to this great floating tribe…I’ve always felt that the beauty of being surrounded by the foreign is that it slaps you awake. You can’t take anything for granted. Travel, for me, is a little bit like being in love, because suddenly all your senses are at the setting marked “on.” Suddenly you’re alert to the secret patterns of the world. The real voyage of discovery, as Marcel Proust famously said, consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes. And of course, once you have new eyes, even the old sights, even your home become something different.