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In conversation with… Tatiana Shulgina

Welcome to Season 2 of the Other Expats podcast! We met up with Russian expat, Tatiana Shulgina, who teaches English in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to get us started. Tatiana (Tanya) also just recently completed her book, A Dream too Far:  Educating Refugees in Malaysia, to create awareness about the plight of refugees in the country.

Some of what we talked about

7.34 – What impact do you expect the book have on readers?

9.21 – What other experiences have you had in Malaysia?

9.43 – Favourite place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? Brickfields.

11.13 – Where is home to you? For Tanya, it is wherever she feels comfortable in, whether it’s Bali or Kuala Lumpur.

15.29 – One of her greatest experiences in Malaysia is at the fireflies reserve at Kuala Selangor. The park is considered to be the largest colony of fireflies in the world.

17.34 – Recommendations for a nature outing for expats in Malaysia?

19.25 – What’s a typical day for her like?

21.20 – Rereading the book that changed her life—Life of Pi.

22.10 – When we talk a bit about religion

26.00 – Tatiana’s TV show recommendation—The Good Doctor.

26.40 – She’s a Harry Potter fan!

27.52 – When can we be expecting her next book?

If you want to support Tatiana and/or her cause—improving the welfare of refugees in Malaysia—you can buy the book here or get in touch with her here.


This episode of the Other Expats podcast was produced by rewordink Studios. The soundtracks are courtesy of Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Tcharekare Kanyembe, Guifrog, and Burkina Electric. Subscribe to the Other Expats podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play MusicOvercastPocket Casts and Anchor. You can also connect with us and let us know how you feel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or send us an email via hello @ otherexpats.com.

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