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  • A Greek-Japanese in London

    A Greek-Japanese in London

    My name is Christina, I am half Greek and half Japanese. I grew up and I was educated in Greece. I now live and work in London.

    I just want to share that, increasingly the immigration offices are making it very difficult for Greeks to enter European countries with an ID card (France, Spain, the UK etc). Even with a Greek passport in Norway, I had to tell them that I called the Norwegian embassy and I checked that I [...]

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  • The unending journey

    The unending journey

    by Mimis Chrysomallis

    A -very- brief history of the Greek diaspora in modern times[1]

    The more our journey widens and new roads unwind, the more God widens and unwinds on this vast earth.

    Nikos Kazantzakis (Odyssey: A Modern Sequel, Book XII)

    Migration has always played an important role in Greek history throughout the centuries. Naturally, this short survey does not seek to cover all aspects and dimensions of this [...]

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  • The girl with the scalpel

    The girl with the scalpel

    I’m just a girl with a scalpel. I kill stuff.

    Well, not much of a girl any more (if I consider how much I paid for the candles at my last birthday) neither much of a scalpel (since now I spend most of my time in front of a king size product of the late Steve analyzing murders committed by younger serial killers)…

    Anyway, I’m Greek, I live the last 6 years in Brussels [...]

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  • A 29 year old Greek in Brussels

    A 29 year old Greek in Brussels

    It was in September 2010 that I found myself in Brussels. It was exactly like that. I’ve never had any ‘dream’ about moving to Brussels to live and to work. It was purely by chance. It was not also an emergency exit for me because we did not perceive at the time how deep the crisis in Greece was.

    I rarely admit that in public, but Brussels is actually a nice city to live in, provided [...]

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  • And the Odyssey goes on…

    And the Odyssey goes on…

    by Mimis Chrysomallis

    Nóstos; Return from the long journey. From Homer to Joyce, down to today’s travellers. Άlgos; The longing, the pain, the desire. Child of Eris, the goddess of strife, and sung by Hesiod. Johannes Hofer (1669-1752) would bring the two words together in 1688, introducing the term nostalgia; the yearning for the past, the desire to return (in thought or in fact) to one’s home.

    More words: émigrés, expatriates, diaspora. Words heavily [...]

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