Today, travel and international living are more accessible than ever before, and they are quickly becoming realistic possibilities for an ever-greater number of people worldwide. As a result, the number of expats and third culture kids with stories to share about their experiences living between cultures are growing as well. My guest today is creating important platforms for the perspectives of black expats in global discourse. Amanda Bates grew up on the East Coast of the U.S., and moved to Cameroon with her parents when she was 10. When she moved back to the U.S. for college, she realized that she had an unique experience of her own, as a living example of cultural intersectionality, and as a black expat. Amanda is the founder of The Black Expat, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Global Living magazine, discussing the intersections of black identity and living abroad. She is also the founder and principal of A.A. Bates and Associates, a consulting practice that focuses on career development for global nomads. This conversation is the fifth installment in a six-part interview series, that looks at the far-too-often hidden aspects of expat life.