Episode 5: Ryan Haynes - "Black Fatherhood Abroad"
In 2016, American Ryan Haynes wrote a deeply personal piece for The Black Expat reflecting on raising two young sons of color abroad. Since 2002, Ryan and his family have lived internationally with all their moves being within the continent of Asia. As a result, his experiences as a child raised by a Black American father and Trini mother differ very much from his children who were born and raised outside of the U.S. and much of that was explored in his initial story.
Fast forward, four years later and Ryan is now based in Taipei, Taiwan. This episode revisits this discussion now that his sons are high school age, with one prepping to head to college in the near future. We also discuss addressing racism within the international school context, how to bring up the topic of safety and race when it comes to talking to prospective international employers and when to have the “Talk” with your Third Culture Kid of color, if they are considering living in the U.S. for college.
Here are some excerpts from Amanda’s conversation with Ryan. You can listen to the full episode on Spotify, Anchor or wherever you get your podcasts. You can can also visit The Black Expat YouTube Channel to listen in.
For Ryan’s original article, visit Fatherhood Abroad.
Excerpt: How His Family Is Received
Excerpt: On Raising Sons of Color in Asia
Excerpt: Addressing Diversity Issues in International Schools
To hear the full episode, click below or listen wherever you get your podcasts.