Expat Barry … The man, the myth, the moron

Expat Barry has already been brilliantly zinged in this Wanker Businessman Meme.

We all know an Expat Barry. There are plenty of them here (and everywhere!)

Expat Barry is deluded. The job range of Barrys is wide – he might be something normal like a ‘business development manager’, or a retail or store manager. He could be an English teacher, or work in a consulate.

But whatever his job, he will believe that it is more than it is.

He will see himself as a sort of mix between James Bond, Richard Branson and Expat Barry (he likes to talk about or see himself in the third person, as a specific entity that ‘brings something special to the table’).

He speaks a tiny amount of a useless language (French) and tries to drop it into conversation at any random point.

Barry will have a ‘local girlfriend’ who remains silent, smiling and submissive at social occasions.

Barry will adore – adore – work related issues such as anything basic: ‘meetings’, conference-calls, ‘business lunches’, and best of all – business trips.

Business trips give Barry the chance to sit on the plane reading China Daily and The Economist. You see, in his job of middle-management he surely needs to keep up to date with global developments.

He can pack his little rolling suitcase ‘just so’, with all of his little travel-sized accoutrements and gadgets that he bought for himself (think ‘portable eye massager’) and download some latest Japanese Hip-hop and business audio-books (think Biography of Steve Jobs) ready for the trip.

He can then ‘arrive’ at the destination, wherein he will be able to tell every single person that he meets that he has just ‘flown in from Shanghai’ and is just ‘working out of the Guangzhou office’ (or wherever) for ‘the week’. Just ‘helping out the guys here’.

Expat Barry, with his head in the clouds.


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3 Comments on “Expat Barry … The man, the myth, the moron”

  1. February 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Plenty of Barrys in Tokyo! Thank God I have never been an expat anything…!

  2. samalbahaykubo
    February 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    More like this, please.

    • February 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      Oh, don’t worry, I have a special project coming for Expat Barry. He will be lampooned in full style … just wait for a couple of months 🙂

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