The few 'odd' quirks I had often made me feel funny around my local friends. I was never very good at answering that introductory question 'where are you from'? My accent tended to change when I spoke to different people. Often in the middle of a conversation, surprise or shock would cause me to blurt out an exclamation in a language no one else in the room was speaking ('aiyoo!').
Discovering the term 'third culture kid' created a light-bulb moment that redefined my past and my present. I learned that these inexplicable traits were acutally perfect initiation rites into an incredible, global community.
Although not necessarily a golden rule, a third culture kid (TCK) is a brilliant term which helps define individuals who have grown up in a culture (or multiple cultures) different to that of our parents' culture, for a significant part (or all) of our lives. This often means living with one culture at home that is fairly different to the other set of ideals, attitudes and beliefs your friends and colleagues practice when you step outside your door.
It sounds isolating but it is actually a charmed existence. Us TCKs always seem to gravitate towards each other in the new counties we move to. We thrive on listening to the experiences and ideas that have brought our fellow wanderers this far. Although we identify with different cities, we always find belonging among ourselves within this shared connection of travel and understanding.
TCK Town is a digital publication which exemplifies what our tribe does best - we reach out, find each other and talk about the stories that have made us who we are. We have a group of talented, featured contributors, who share their not-so-everyday stories around a monthly editorial theme, which they delightfully interpret as they see fit.
This publication regularly posts written contributions by our readers too! Please do sign up to our newsletter to be notified of the monthly editorial theme or feel free to send through your written piece to email@example.com
On a personal, whimsical note, I hope TCK Town will become one place in this big, wide world where fellow TCKs will always find a sympathetic ear when they visit - and a place to further expand their brains already so itchy for extra knowledge. I would love for this publication to become a new (and eventually familiar), cherished destination for our readers, not limited by long flights, awkward transits or that necessary calculation of the time difference before you decide to call in.
We hope you enjoy our work!
(From Sri Lanka, Dubai and Australia. Living in Melbourne)