Nomadic Diaries

Tell Your Story, It's a Powerful Psyche Saver: Lisa Liang

September 09, 2023 Doreen Cumberford Season 1 Episode 4
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Tell Your Story, It's a Powerful Psyche Saver: Lisa Liang
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Show Notes

Welcome to Nomadic Diaries, the podcast about life on the move. In this episode, titled "Lisa Liang," we delve into the experiences of Third Culture Kids (TCKs) and the importance of storytelling as a means of healing and self-expression.

Our guest, Lisa Liang, is an actress, writer, producer, and speaker who grew up in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Morocco, Egypt, and Connecticut. She shares her personal journey as a mixed-race TCK and her insights on the challenges faced by TCKs.

The episode opens with host Doreen Cumberford and her partner Sharon Fields giving an introduction to the podcast and its mission of encouraging travel, global mobility, and living in more meaningful ways. They highlight their work as a "journey of recovery" and discuss the importance of addressing cultural and other sources of trauma.

The episode also addresses the "expat lifestyle" and its associated challenges, with the hosts discussing their personal experiences and recovery journey from the effects of being TCKs themselves.

The stand out line from this episode is ""Telling your story is a psychic saver because it is very cathartic to express your story, to tell your story, to go back, explore, discover and share stories from your life that you may not have ever shared before.  People's eyes glaze over as soon as you say where you grew up or where you've been living, and they can't relate...It is a true psyche saver to decide 'No, I'm going to tell my story in some creative form'...Not only is it cathartic for you...once you share it, it can be very cathartic and even therapeutic for your audience or readers."

They highlight the need for self-permission to speak about difficult experiences and the role of storytelling in cultivating gratitude and self-awareness.

The episode concludes with a powerful reminder that sharing personal experiences is not selfish but can have a profound impact on others. Join us in this thought-provoking conversation as we explore the power of storytelling and the experiences of Third Culture Kids in creating connections and understanding.

Please reach out to Lisa at the following sites:

https://elizabethliang.com/HapaLis-Prods
IG: @hapalis
https://www.facebook.com/interculturalstorytelling
https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-liang-intercultural/

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