A coin toss was all it took to decide to move to Myanmar for a teaching job. But once there, it wasn’t quite as simple: dealing with culture shock, learning a new job, finding international romance, battling office politics, and decoding Burmaspeak. Discovering where you want to be is only half the battle. Once you get there, you still need to figure out how to cope with your new reality. More
Burmaspeak? Is this a book on learning Asian languages? Not quite. It’s a tale about moving to a new culture for a demanding job and learning with the nuances of a system where rhetoric stretches the truth. It’s about making a decision to move half way around the world and dealing with the consequences of that action.
Teaching internationally has become an increasingly common career choice. But what are the consequences of that decision, especially when the new culture is so much different from one’s own? How does one deal with international romance and leaving one’s family behind? How does one react to people who bend the truth in a culture known for its inherent instability and quirks?
Discover how one fictional first-year teacher adjusts to the heady and politically-charged reality that was Myanmar in 2011.