THIRD CULTURE KID on January 18th, 2010

Tweet Here’s one for the kids – nothing to do with being a TCK, but just ‘cos it’s fun and I feel like posting it! Monster-Man Last night, when I went to bed, I really did try to tell my Dad the awful truth – I hoped he wouldn’t cry. ‘Dad,’ I said, ‘A monster […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on July 30th, 2009

An eye-opening visit to Taal Volcano and Lake Taal taught this Third Culture Kid that culture shock can hit anywhere – anytime.

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THIRD CULTURE KID on July 1st, 2009

Tweet Memories, you say? Well, I have plenty. But they are mixed up and out of focus. Besides, they aren’t all for public viewing. Like the one of the verandah bordered by leafy trees where the teachers used to gossip. This was the scene of a childhood misdemeanor, and one of the few times my […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on December 13th, 2008

Tweet Warning: I am mounting my little soap-box. If you have strong views on Christmas, you may find this post objectionable! My childhood Christmases below the Sahara were low-key. Four people singing carols around a tiny Casio keyboard. A small prayer-time. Eating my mother’s ‘paal-choru’ (milk rice). Exchanging visits with expatriate neighbours, mostly non-Christian. Hardly […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on December 8th, 2008

I have been re-reading the TCK book. Tonight, this bit of the TCK definition from Interaction International’s ‘The TCK Profile’ struck me afresh: ‘The TCK builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any.’ ‘Nuff said. For those who didn’t know, the TCK book is ‘Third Culture Kids: The Experience […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on December 2nd, 2008

Tweet Edit 2010-jul-03: I have just stumbled upon the fact that there really is a documented Sleeping Beauty Syndrome (also called Kleine-Levin Syndrome). My article, of course, has nothing to do with this known medical phenomenon, and everything to do with the fairy-tale – of sorts. Did you ever wonder how that young lady with […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on November 9th, 2008

I just had an experience where I probably annoyed someone. You see, I behaved in a possibly culturally inappropriate way. What I did, in a Sri Lankan setting, would have been friendly. In Australia however, it could have been interpreted as being pushy. If what I did was culturally inappropriate, the victim of my faux […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on October 15th, 2008

Tweet Last Monday I was special fine hair fair skin I wished they wouldn’t touch, stare my mother made beautiful clothes with patterns from overseas. That wasn’t home. Today I am not special plain hair mottled skin now I wish they’d look in my eyes my mother makes outmoded clothes with patterns ten years old. […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on October 7th, 2008

While we are on the subject of plane travel, I asked my friend Julia, who is an experienced globe-trotter and calls herself a ’sort of third culture kid’, whether she had any interesting plane stories. She responded: My favourite story is flying home from Quetta to Islamabad in a Fokker Friendship (Quetta is the Wild […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on September 26th, 2008

Tweet How reliable are memories? Africa empty sky dun earth plain dwellings few chairs broken cars hot sun dusty cities picked pockets Africa timeless space rolling plains shining faces cheerful voices jewel clothes open arms fragrant stew fading memories © 2008 S D Haydon Acknowledgment is made of the assistance received as an Adelaide Centre […]

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