TORONTO/NEW YORK, May 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Looking for a fresh start,
under-employed or in need of an exotic adventure? Follow the lead of 17
North American black women who decide their best course of action
involves packing their bags and beginning a new journey they refer to
Trailblasian is the brainchild of Canadian-born writer T.K. McLennon.
She describes Trailblasian as a word she created to define the action
of "black people moving to Asia to lend their talents, learn the
culture and pave new pathways for the next generation."
McLennon leveraged social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to
find kindred spirits who shared a love of travel and learning. The end
result is a new book being launched at Book Expo 2014 in New York City
on May 30th, 2014.
Trailblasian is a collection of 17 stories written by black women from a
variety of English-speaking countries. This 240-page anthology
challenges readers to re-examine their views about race, culture and
globalization by walking with these brave women on their journeys of
culture shock and reflection to arrive at insightful discoveries.
The stories originate in China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and
Thailand. They feature a variety of topics ranging from economic
worries for Gen Xers and Millennials, to accidents and disasters of
small and epic proportions, to unexpected love and new beginnings.
These non-fiction accounts are expected to fill gaps in both popular
culture and scholarly publications focused on Black and Asian
In the Foreword written by Dr. Karen Flynn, Professor of
African-American and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champagne, she acknowledges her support for this unique and
When asked what made her pursue the topic of Black Female Expats,
McLennon, a former Instructor of Global Management at Ryerson
University and former Assistant Professor in the School of
International Studies at the University of Ulsan, South Korea replied,
"I saw a gap in modern literature and wanted to fill it with a creative
book that could be lent, borrowed, passed on or discovered by a little
girl or boy in search of new possibilities. Our stories have
importance and if we don't tell them in our own words, who will know
the real richness and full humanity of our lives?"
With countries such as South Korea reportedly having 20,000 Westerners
living and teaching in the public and private school systems, it would
appear these trails are being blazed by Westerners of all shades. This
trend of searching for opportunities outside of North America is not
new and based on McLennon's research, this trend is definitely on the
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For further information:
For more information, a full press kit or to book an interview, workshop, or presentation with T.K. McLennon, please contact Excelovate Publishing at email@example.com or 647.987.9737. To order a copy of Trailblasian, please visit www.excelovate.com.