“Black in Bali:” A Meltingpot Fantasy

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

A Scene from Bali (courtesy of TripAdvisor)

You know that moment when you’ve picked up two of your three kids from school, ferried them to not one, but two different sports activities, rushed home to throw a load of laundry into the washing machine before you start dinner and secretly try to scroll through all of your new Facebook updates while listening to your toddler tell you everything she saw on her walk home from preschool? Well, I was deep in that moment today when I stumbled upon this article from Parlour Magazine about Black expats living in Bali, most of whom who decided life in the good ol’ U.S. of A. just wasn’t worth it anymore and hopped a plane to paradise. Sounds tempting, don’t you think?

Read the article for yourself and let me know if you’ve ever considered starting over like this? Better yet, let me know if you did it and how things worked out. I’m so listening.

3 comments for ““Black in Bali:” A Meltingpot Fantasy

  1. Soyyo
    5 May, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Racism is everywhere, there is no escape. Even in Bali, I’m sure. It might be nicer for some without the specific baggage of racism in the us, I’m sure.

    Here in Finland there is a climate where it is socially acceptable to be racist and I really hate it.

  2. 4 May, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Everyone in Switzerland is not racist just as eveyrone in US isn’t. Yet racism exists in both places, even in US where we have, I think, a lot more diversity in races and ethnicity than Switzerland. The price of the purse is obscene but if Oprah wanted to look at it, why shouldn’t she? I wondered what happened to the salesgirl. Even in snooty stores I think a $38,000 sale is something they don’t want to miss.

  3. Soyyo
    28 April, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Thanks, nice article!

    I am always fascinated by peoples’ experiences moving from one country to another.

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