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Migratory Patterns

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Conversations about the reasons humans migrate & how it effects our identity.


#058: Studying Anxiety In Expats In the Time of COVID-19 | Chris Barnhart

This week we're kicking off Season 4 with part 1 of a special 2-part series focusing on a pair of international migrants who have written a study on how the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in China effected foreign nationals living there. The lead researcher, Chris Barnhart, was a high school teacher in Florida who'd been laid off during a round of budget cuts and was as surprised as anyone to find himself heading to China months later to be the first foreign professor at a university in Guangdong province. His experience there has been a revelation to him, and his empathy and desire to check in on fellow foreigners during the initial stages of the outbreak led him to want to quantify the resilience that he saw in the people around him. When he couldn't find evidence of anyone else studying expats in China during this time he took it on himself to gather the data... and what he found was... well, let's let him explain how things went.

Read the summary of Chis and Jen's findings on our blog, here. You can contact him with questions about his study via e-mail at, or you can follow him on LinkedIn here.   Get in touch with comments, suggestions or interview recommendations:     Check out all of the shows in the Migration Media network on the web ( and please take a moment to "Like" us and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts... and subscribe!
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