Living Abroad?
Moving overseas?
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The challenges of living in a foreign country don't begin and end with culture shock.

Expatriates face unique pressures and problems, often difficult to anticipate and a challenge to overcome, affecting relationships, children and career. Whether you plan to move, or you've lived abroad 20 years, Living Abroad prepares you to avoid those pitfalls and remedy the problems of life away from home.

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Using real-life examples and jargon-free advice, Dr. Tsang-Feign helps you face the unique challenges of the expat life: from preparing to move, to daily life overseas, to returning home.

Give yourself a good life abroad

On the principle that “awareness is half the cure,” psychologist Cathy Tsang-Feign identifies and explains the often unexpected personal, relationship and family problems encountered by people living abroad.

Topics include:

  1. The truth about ‘culture shock’

    The four stages of acculturation · Transient family syndrome · and more

  2. Affairs and other marriage-busters

    Foreign affairs · Frequent flyer family friction · Mixed marriages and cultural confusion · and much more

  3. Raising Third Culture Kids

    Rootless third culture kids · Expat kids and money · Boarding school risks · Servants and separation · International empty nest · and more

  4. Being single overseas

    Lonely working men · Lonely working women · Remove those masks · and more

  5. Expatriate burnout

    Specific expat stressors · Effects of overwork on the family · Expat addictions · Identity inflation · Dealing with visitors · and more

  6. Coping with separation

    Long-distance relationships · The ‘Astronaut Syndrome’ · Divorce in a foreign land · Home isn't always where the heart is · and more

  7. The unforeseen trials of returning home

    When you want to get up and go · Reverse cultural shock · and much more

...and many, many more topics besides, just for expatriates!

Read full excerpts from Living Abroad

  • culture shock
    Culture Shock. From Chapter 1: “Problems of Moving”
  • third culture kids
    International Children. From Chapter 3: “Third Culture Kids”
  • expatriate stress
    Coping with Jealousy. From Chapter 4: “Stress at Work & Home”
  • expatriate women
    Lonely Working Women. From Chapter 5: “Alone Far from Home”
  • visiting abroad
    Visitors are Stressful. From Chapter 6: “Daily Life Dilemmas”
  • reverse culture shock
    Page 63. From Chapter 10: “Going Home”

Dr. Tsang-Feign fully prepares you for a move abroad, and helps expatriates already living overseas to help yourself live a well-rounded, satisfying life.

Reviews of Living Abroad

The essential survival guide. Must reading for anyone living abroad.

Louis Kraar, Senior Editor, FORTUNE

In an easy-to-read, jargon-free book Cathy Tsang-Feign helps confront problems unique to the expatriate experience.


The best survival manual I've come across. If you live overseas or are going to, read this and keep it beside your bed.

-Fred Schneiter, author of GETTING ALONG WITH THE CHINESE

The best advice to an aspiring expatriate who has not yet left home is: Buy it, read it, pack it, use it.


Living Abroad: What every expat needs to know
Third revised edition
228 pages
Publication date: September 2013
ISBN 978 962 7866 18 3

About The Author

Dr. Cathy Tsang-Feign
Psychologist and author
Cathy Tsang-Feign

Dr. Cathy Tsang-Feign is a leading expert in the field of expatriate and cross-cultural psychology, based on decades of experience working with international executives and diplomats and their families in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

She has practiced in Los Angeles and Atlanta, as well as London’s Harley Street, and currently runs a private practice in Hong Kong. She also provides training and assessments for international corporations and government organizations.

Dr. Tsang-Feign is a former columnist on expat psychology and acculturation for the South China Morning Post and American in Britain.

She is married with two children and is an avid gardener and beekeeper.

Hong Kong Psychologist Dr. Cathy Tsang-Feign