Thursday, May 3, 2018

Black Globetrotting Family to Be Featured on HGTV's "House Hunters International"

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Chiang Mai, Thailand  -- Rukiya and James McNair have been globetrotting with their family since 2011. They started with the United States Virgin Islands, since then they have lived in Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Indonesia and Thailand.

While looking for a new home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the McNair family was filmed for HGTV's House Hunters International. The episode will air at 10:30 p.m. May 7th.

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James McNair works as a Network Engineer in Afghanistan, while Rukiya travels the globe with their two children, Abeo, 8 and Asad 7. The show was filmed in December of last year and the family has since decided to settle in Kigali, Rwanda.

"I am so happy that we can share our love for travel and learning about different cultures with America," says Rukiya. "More importantly, my husband and I recognize that in travel media, black people are underrepresented, so we chose to do the show in order make an impact and hopefully inspire other black Americans who want to move abroad."

Rukiya has been traveling since she was 3-years old, but is glad she decided to finally take the leap and move abroad. "Living abroad and immersing myself in different cultures has taught me more about myself, humanity, the world and my place in it than staying in the United States ever could," she says.

The McNairs want to continue to share the wider world with their children. "We are choosing to raise our family in a way that reflects our values."

Rukiya McNair hopes to help more black families who aspire to move abroad with her upcoming book and workbook entitled Melanin Migration: The Black Family's Guide to Moving Abroad. The books will be available for pre-order on May 1st on

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