[ View the story "Cultural chameleons" on Storify] Cultural chameleons For 'Third Culture Kids,' identity is more than a passport.
The Stream· Wed, Jun 05 2013 11:11:51
The video below, submitted by Adrian Bautista, asks various Third Culture Kids (TCKs) to define their "home". The clip shows the difficulty many TCKs have in answering the question.
So Where's Home? A Film About Third Culture Kid IdentityAdrian Bautista
Friends announced they were moving countries, back home, I asked which home they meant. #TCKLife #LoveMyTravelingFriendsEJ Reading
This post from the Facebook group
Third Culture Kids
provides a list of possible answers to the question "Where are you from?"
<div>15 ways TCKs can answer the question, "Where are you from?" <br> 1. Somewhere out there<br> 2. Do you want the long version or the short version? <br> 3. Pick a country—any country! <br> 4. Are you asking where I was born, where I grew up, where my parents are from, or what kind of passport I have? <br> 5. When I find out I’ll let you know. <br> 6. Please don’t ask. <br> 7. Um, it’s kind of hard to explain… <br> 8. Do you have ...enough time for this? <br> 9. Technically, I’m from…but my parents are from…but I grew up…and I do/don’t speak…but I like living…but technically I’m from… <br> 10. Are you sure you want to know? <br> 11. That’s a tough question. <br> 12. You know, I wish I knew. <br> 13. Um, it depends. <br> 14. I don’t know.<br> 15. Well, all over the world really. Where are you from?See More</a></div>Third Culture Kids (TCKs)
@AJStream yes! my least favorite questions where are you from/where did you grow up if they want simple answer #thirdcukturekidAguil Lual Blunt
The infographic below illustrates characteristics shared by TCKs.
Getting into a battle with another TCK over who's moved the most times/visited the most places. #happensallthetime #tcklife #mkproblemsMissionary Kid Probz
The consistent travel trends among TCKs shown in the above graphic can lead to
, as shown in the video below:
Third Culture KidsAga Alegria
For TCKs, dealing with racism and feelings of being an 'outsider' in a new place are
. High school student Betty Park speaks about her experiences being Korean and growing up in Thailand:
My skin fits in where my heart does not. #TCKLifeTrinity Louderback
hashtag #TCKProblems is a dedicated forum for to TCKs to share.
It is possible we may discover that we need to rethink our traditional ways of defining diversity and identity. For some, as for TCKs, “culture” may be something defined by shared experience rather than shared nationality or ethnicity.telegraph.co.uk
@AJStream my identity has become connected to the cultures I grow up in, such as Spanish/Hawaiin and American.Agaila Abba
An international worldview instead of a US-centric or my-backyard-only worldview.Sharon Lunsford
The amazing experiences (and stories) that have shaped every area of my psyche and life. I think all of the benefits others mention boil down to this. Without those experiences we wouldn't be who we are today.Atieh Al-Matti
@AJStream I am a proud #TCK! It means I'm free from the bias of my parents culture, to look at the world objectivelyI.H.I
#TCK LIFE: growing up without a clear idea of who you are "supposed" to be, can free you to be and love and accept whoever you might come into contact with.facebook.com
<div>Life as a TCK can be awesome but it can also be challenging, tough, and painful. If you're going through a rough patch right now and you feel like you're alone because you don't fit in, please know that you're not alone. There are over 3000 people on this page just like you who face a lot of the same struggles. We're here for you.</div>
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The Stream asked: 'How has being raised as a impacted you as an adult?'
@ajstream being lucky to be with a diff family who gave me education my 2day is a successful oneMiliky Miicool
@AJStream 1/2 More positive than negative. I wouldn't want to trade my past experiences for a stationary lifestyle. I love being an ATCKMH. Kruyt