Sister’s Sharing Knowledge – A Black woman in Asia – a travel from the inside …

Laura Bazile from England

Traveling to Asia for work, I experienced my last trip in a different way, for 5 main reasons:


/As a woman

Traveling goes with being yourself in a different place; as far as I am concerned, the dasher version came like that: a “woman/project exec/in Asia/for 1 week & more” eg. training people, mentoring staff in a fast-paced environment, chasing suppliers, building trustful (pro) relationships, welcoming clients, discovering … What I relied on as a stepping stone is that I took profit immediately from the way I network online. Steps you skip online when networking leave space for creating efficiently a contact. In other words, 3 things are set very fast A-uttering clearly who you are B-what are you here for C-let’s connect! … or not.


/As a Black woman

Staying in a country where people can notice your presence from far away, in a crowd, is fun and eventually not a thing to care about when you love traveling. The only thing I consider carefully is what is an absolute “no-no” as a woman according to local culture and religion.

I have to admit that in Asian countries I have been traveling to (including my last trip), when you fly to mainland, you may bump into people who never came across a Black person … except on TV! Reactions are quite different as it might be “not” noticing your presence at all (or) staring at you …. (or) touching you! Once recovered from that surprise, you realise that technology will definitely never ever replace face-to-face contacts, the essence of human relationship. You may be connected to the “entire world” if I may say, (Asia is far ahead in terms of technologies), the ultimate step remains “creating a bridge to” who is standing right here, in front of you.


/As a professional

Technology is everywhere. Good news or bad news? Not my point here … Being honest, I just loved a stressless environment where you work online from your hostel room, set up a network with supplier meeting requirements as tools and solutions are countless, taking notes at the airport while waiting… Being connected here means a bond with the outside world.

/As a traveler

I am not prima facie a huge fan of Asia (as a world traveler), I have to admit. I took professional trips as an opportunity to discover countries I wouldn’t have planned to travel to. All in one, if you are a traveler, you grasp every little tiny situation to simply nurture yourself.




/As a (woman) backpacker

My only fear lied in getting accurate visas. I have got friends who traveled in Asia/live in India: they gave me useful tips and advice, accordingly to “how” I travel. I managed to book decent hostels, struggled a little bit to find cheap flight deals. Although, my experience here is restricted, I would add that traveling across Asia can be quite tricky on a short trip as stopovers might be very long. Keep that in mind if you wish to visit.

What about you? Any feeling of travel you would like to share?

Laura Bazile is an events professional, loves travelling, meeting & helping people, and is passionate about social media, live & virtual arts, and design.

New issue of Black Expat magazine online now – Asia 2 – Focus on Japan

I work with Reggie and Mark (two former black expats) on the Black Expat online magazine:

Reginald Smith, Editor

Fall 2010 Issue


Dear Black Expats,

Konichiwa tomodachi!

Hello friends!

We hope this issue finds you well. We are happy to bring you a second Asia issue, this time focusing on Japan.

Japan is special for Black Expats for several reasons. First, it is one of the most popular destinations due to both the US military presence and the prominence of English teaching programs such as JET. Second, until recently it was one of the few non-Western modern nations. These two factors have attracted many Black Expats over the years to observe and love the culture and its people. It is also one of the most organized, though I use this term loosely, Black Expat areas where the community centers around a site called Black Tokyo whose webmaster, Eric Robinson, is a topic of one of the articles in this issue.

We hope the interviews in this issue, as well as the living and spending guides, will help any interested in sojourning the Land of the Rising Sun.

Read the latest issue of Black Expat magazine online.