The goal of this site is to promote international and cross-cultural friendship, understanding, and collaboration through the respectful sharing of individual, personal experiences. Originally named “Misfits International,” it aims to provide a virtual home for people who enjoy and celebrate cultural diversity and especially for those who feel like outsiders to the predominant cultures in which they live. Each original blog post is intended to establish a topic and start a conversation, and readers are encouraged to share their own stories in the comments section. I will copy and paste (with your permission) especially thought-provoking stories into a new blog post for readers to respond to.